WATERVLIET -- A prominent local real estate agent has been accused of stalking and falsely reporting an incident, police in Watervliet said.
Anthony Gucciardo, 39, turned himself in to police Monday. He faces misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree stalking, third-degree falsely reporting an incident and second-degree aggravated harassment, misdemeanors.
Gucciardo denied the accusations Tuesday and said he will fight the charges.
Gucciardo is accused of harassing a woman known to him and her family via phone and electronic devices over multiple months, police said. He also allegedly repeatedly drove by their residences.
Gucciardo is also accused of making threats to harm the woman and her family, police said.
He further is accused of contacting the Watervliet City School District superintendent via emails sent March 23 to report that a family member of the victim was having inappropriate relations with a special education student that the family member worked with, police said.
That claim was thoroughly investigated by the district and found to be false, police said.
Gucciardo Tuesday said the allegations relate to a breakup. He denies wrongdoing and will be "vigorously fighting this."
Gucciardo's attorney, George LaMarche, reiterated that later Tuesday. He said that once the evidence comes out in the form of text messages, exchanged his client will be vindicated.
Regarding the false report accusation, LaMarche said Gucciardo received information that alarmed Gucciardo and that he genuinely believed he needed to report it. He then reported it and left it to the authorities to investigate.
Gucciardo's real estate listings cover the area. Listings on his site Tuesday included homes in Saratoga Springs, Niskayuna and Clifton Park.
Gucciardo was arraigned and released to appear in court later.