A schoolteacher allegedly targeted by New York police Officer Gilberto Valle took the stand in his trial Thursday. Brynn Gingras of NBC New York reports. View more videos at: http://nbcnewyork.com.
Two British men are free on bail after they were arrested in connection with the trial of a New York cop accused of plotting to kill and eat dozens of women, police said.
One of the men was identified Friday as Dale Bolinger, 57, of Canterbury, is alleged to be the man known as "Moody Blues," who prosecutors in New York say was an online "mentor" to former New York police Officer Gilberto Valle.
Valle, 28, is on trial on charges of conspiring to kidnap women and illegally accessing a government database to research potential victims. If convicted, he could face life in prison.
Bolinger acknowledged that he had been suspended from his job as a nurse at East Kent Hospital after he was detained by Kent police last week on suspicion of conspiracy, child grooming and possession of child abuse images.
An unidentified 30-year-old man was also arrested in the Canterbury area as part of the investigation, Kent police said Thursday in a statement. They are free on bail "while inquiries continue," it said.
Bolinger denied the allegations, telling reporters outside his home, "I have to leave it to the police," the Kentish Gazette reported Friday.
Prosecutors have introduced extensive, highly gruesome material from Valle's computer to convince a jury in U.S. District Court in Manhattan that Valle planned to kidnap, torture, kill and eat dozens of women, at least four of whom he had attended high school or college with. Valle's wife turned over the computer to police and fled to Nevada after discovering the materials.
One of the women allegedly targeted in the plans was a woman named Kimberly, who was a frequent topic of discussion between Valle and the British man calling himself Moody Blues, who prosecutors said also used the email address "MeatMarketMan."
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Gilberto Valle III, 28, is seen in this courtroom sketch with his attorney Julia Gatto in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Oct. 25.
Among the less sickening exchanges prosecutors have introduced was titled "Abducting and Cooking Kimberly: A Blueprint." It included a photo of Kimberly Sauer, a former classmate of Valle's at the University of Maryland, prosecutors said.
"I can knock her out, wait until dark and kidnap her right out of her house," Valle wrote, according to prosecutors.
FBI Agent Corey Walsh testified that Moody Blues advised Valle to try eating his victims alive, but Valle responded: "I'm not really into raw meat."
In another email message, Valle allegedly told Moody Blues about a softball player he knew who was "the most desirable piece of meat I've ever met." Moody Blues suggested knocking her out with a baseball bat, saying it would be "poetic justice," the jury was told.
Valle has pleaded not guilty. On the opening day of his trial, his attorney told jurors Monday that Valle had been having disturbing fantasies since he was a teenager but never had any intention of acting on them.