April 13, 2014 in Nation/World

Man sentenced to hold ’I AM A BULLY’ sign on street corner

Associated Press
 

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio – A judge has ordered a man convicted of harassing a neighbor and her disabled children to stand on a street corner with a sign that says he is a bully.

Municipal Court Judge Gayle Williams-Byers ordered Edmond Aviv, 62, to hold the sign for five hours Sunday. The sign reads: “I AM A BULLY! I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intolerant of those that are different from myself. My actions do not reflect an appreciation for the diverse South Euclid community that I live in.”

Aviv pleaded no contest in February to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct and was sentenced last month, according to court records.

Aviv has feuded with his neighbor, Sandra Prugh, for the past 15 years. The most recent case stems from Aviv being annoyed at the smell coming from Prugh’s dryer vent when she did laundry, according to court records. In retaliation, Aviv hooked up kerosene to a fan, which blew the smell onto Prugh’s property, the records said.

Prugh has two adult adopted children with developmental disabilities, cerebral palsy and epilepsy; a husband with dementia; and a paralyzed son, the Plain Dealer of Cleveland reported.

Prugh said in a letter to the court that Aviv had called her an ethnic slur while she was holding her adopted black children, spit on her, regularly threw dog feces on her son’s car and once smeared feces on the family’s wheelchair ramp.

The judge also ordered Aviv to serve 15 days in jail, undergo anger management classes and counseling, and submit an apology letter to Prugh.

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