BRITISH COLUMBIA

Former Victoria Teacher Found Guilty Of Stalking

08/09/2013 03:36 EDT | Updated 10/09/2013 05:12 EDT
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A former Victoria, B.C., high school teacher has been found guilty of stalking one woman and breaking into the homes of two others.

Frank Canacari, 46, was found guilty of criminal harassment and being unlawfully in a house on Friday.

The former shop teacher broke into the homes of two women he was seeing in early 2010 — a 30-year-old from Esquimalt and a 39-year-old from Saanich — took unauthorized pictures inside the homes, and made nuisance phone calls and sent dozens of emails.

Canacari testified he never entered one woman's house and had a key to the other home. He denied taking photos and setting up an anonymous email account to target one of the women, suggesting instead that his roommate was responsible.

But provincial court Judge Jeanne Harvey found Canacari's explanations for his actions completely unbelievable.

Canacari's long-time friend, Phil Saunders, says Canacari was disappointed with the verdict.

"There's no question, hearing the evidence, that mistakes were made. We're all human. I've certainly made mistakes in my life. Especially in relationships. I know Frank as a good father, a good teacher, an excellent teacher. So all of this is very surprising."

Saunders says Canacari has undergone counselling since the charges were laid in June 2010.

The Crown attorney has asked for a risk assessment before Canacari is sentenced.