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Ohio judge orders man to hold 'I AM A BULLY' sign

An Ohio 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 "I AM A BULLY!"

The municipal court judge says 62-year-old Edmond Aviv of South Euclid must hold the sign for five hours Sunday.

"It will read, 'I am a bully! I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intollerant of those that are different from myself," Judge Gayle Williams-Byers told FOX8.com. 

Court records say Aviv has feuded with his neighbors, the Prugh family for 15 years. He recently pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.

Scott Prugh said it started when his parents adopted two black children with developmental disabilities, FOX8.com reported. 

Prugh said Aviv once set up a dryer in his garage so that he could pour kerosene into it and the fumes would make their home smell of gas. 

The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland reports that the Prughs say Aviv has called them ethnic slurs, spit on them and smeared feces on the family's wheelchair ramp and in one of the cars. 

"He would do things like shine a spotlight at their house at three in morning so the family couldn't sleep," Williams-Byers said. 

Aviv also must serve 15 days in jail and undergo anger management classes and counseling.

Aviv offered his "sincere apology" in a court-ordered apology letter and admitted to calling the kids names. 

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The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

 

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