WESTPORT—A Watertown man allegedly called a woman he had shared a business with nearly 100 times and sent her multiple text messages despite an order not to contact her.

A woman reported on Sept. 19 that Donato Rinaldi had sent her multiple texts that day. She also told police he called her 98 times in one day about a week and a half earlier, though she answered none of the calls.

While investigating the report, police discovered a protective order from another department preventing Rinaldi from contacting the woman unless it was related to a business they had shared. The resident of Neill Drive in Watertown’s calls and texts were not related to that business, police said.

Rinaldi was taken into custody on the afternoon of Sept. 21 while appearing in Norwalk court for unrelated charges. Police charged the 40-year-old with harassment, second-degree, and two counts of criminally violating a protective order.

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