Tensions between the Denton family and that of the 16-year-old accused have escalated.
A member of the accused’s family allegedly called the Denton household Friday around 1 p.m., and identified himself as a reporter for the Comox Valley Record.
Comox Valley RCMP note the caller requested to speak with Brenda Denton (James Denton’s mother) , but the request was turned down, although the call was not disconnected.
“They weren’t talking very nicely, and they specifically wanted my wife, so I said no, she’s not available and I hung up,” explained Dave Denton on Monday, after he quickly determined the caller was not a member of the media.
Denton used his cellphone to call police about the phone call. RCMP said comments that could be heard on the Denton telephone involved the ongoing trial and witness testimony.
Police said they arrested a 42-year-old Comox resident who is facing a charge of criminal harassment.
The man was released with a series of conditions, including not being present during the trial. He will make his first court appearance July 26.
“I really don’t need these harassment calls. I did nothing wrong. My son did nothing wrong. My wife’s done nothing wrong … it’s not acceptable at all to anybody,” added Denton.