Man arrested for stalking, disturbing the peace

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POLICE have arrested Renato Gaviola, 53, on the charges of stalking in the second degree and disturbing the peace.

The victim said footage from a surveillance camera showed Gaviola taking her undergarments off the clothesline at her house. Moreover, on many occasions, he would appear unannounced and was seen roaming outside her home, the victim said.

Gaviola, who works for a water company, admitted to the police that he took the victim’s undergarments on two occasions. He said he knew that what he was doing was wrong, but he could not control himself.

At a bail hearing on Monday morning, Superior Court Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo imposed a $5,000 cash bail on Gaviola, and appointed Assistant Public Defender Karie Comstock as the defense counsel.

Comstock then filed a bail modification and third-party custodian request.

On Monday afternoon, the judge granted the request releasing Gaviola to his wife as third-party custodian, and reducing the bail amount to $500.

Gaviola will be released from the custody of the Department of Corrections upon payment of the reduced bail, the judge said.

Gaviola’s next court appearance was set for Jan. 21 at 9 a.m. for his preliminary hearing, and for Feb. 24 at 9 a.m. for his arraignment.

Assistant Attorney General Samantha Vickery appeared for the government at the bail hearing on Monday.

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