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Gilberto Valle Update: Alleged targets of NYC "cannibal cop" testify

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(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - Jurors at the trial of New York police officer Gilberto Valle, who is accused of plotting to kill and eat dozens of women, have heard from several of his alleged targets.

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Elizabeth Sauer, one of Valle's former college classmates, on Tuesday became the third woman to testify at the officer's trial.

She described for jurors a disturbing Facebook message from Valle's wife last year that sounded so "crazy" that Sauer texted him to warn that the account must have been hacked. Either that "or you're trying to sell me into white slavery," she recalled joking in the text.

On cross examination, Sauer told defense attorney Julia Gatto that she never felt threatened by Valle. Her testimony was similar to that of Andria Noble, a 27-year-old state prosecutor in Columbus, Ohio, who testified late Monday that she never saw Valle to be violent when she knew him at the University of Maryland.

Maureen Hartingan, a former high school classmate of Valle, testified Tuesday as well.

The women were called by the government to show jurors that women Valle described on the Internet were real potential victims of violence.

Valle's wife, 27-year-old Kathleen Mangan-Valle, testified for the government as the trial's first witness that she fled their Queens home with their 1-year-old daughter after learning about her husband's Internet interests.

Days later, she said, she used a program she had installed to trace Valle's keystrokes to learn that he had written hundreds of emails and instant messages chronicling how he and his Internet pals would kidnap, rape, kill, cook and eat various women.

If convicted, Valle could be sentenced to life in prison.

Prosecutors say Valle used a law enforcement database to build files on women, including his wife and their female friends, and that his plotting was real.

Valle's defense lawyer said in opening statements Monday that the government had evidence only that Valle sought out sadistic sexual fantasies on the Internet and that no women were in danger.

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