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Victoria Teacher Denies Stalking Women

06/08/2013 05:07 EDT | Updated 08/08/2013 05:12 EDT
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A former Victoria high school teacher has vehemently denied he stalked two women in 2010 and tried to cover his tracks.

Frank Canacari, 46, was testifying in his own defence at his trial for criminal harassment and being unlawfully in a house after the women alleged he broke into their homes, made nuisance phone calls and sent dozens of emails, and took unauthorized pictures.

Canacari lavished attention and gifts on the two women he was seeing in early 2010 — a 30-year-old from Esquimalt and a 39-year-old from Saanich.

The former shop teacher took one woman to Tofino for a weekend getaway, the other to a Canucks playoff game in Vancouver, and also gifted her his car.

The women have testified separately that Canacari was polite and never threatening, but both say when they broke off their relationship, they began receiving dozens of text messages and nuisance phone calls.

An investigation began after Canacari's roommate went to police, telling them the teacher broke into the women's homes and took pictures inside.

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On Friday, Canacari testified in Victoria provincial court that he never entered one woman's house and he had a key to let himself in to the other home.

Canacari denied taking photos and setting up an anonymous email account to target one of the women, suggesting instead that his roommate was responsible.

His trial is expected to resume later this month.

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