LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Burbank police officer has been freed on bond after being charged with lying to the FBI during an investigation of a suspected extortion scheme involving his girlfriend and her estranged husband.

Anthony Valento made his first court appearance Wednesday where he was released on $25,000 bond. Valento is accused of telling FBI agents he wasn’t dating Gayle Bassett who was an alleged victim of restraining order violations in which Valento was the reporting officer.

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Authorities say Valento allegedly told Bassett’s husband that if he paid her more than $100,000, Valento could get pending domestic violence charges against him either reduced or dropped.

Valento has been with the Burbank Police Department for 17 years.

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