Ohio judge orders man to hold ‘I am a bully’ sign

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio (WKYC/CNN) – An Ohio man will soon let everyone know that he is a bully.

A judge had ordered him to stand on a street corner holding a sign that says he picks on disabled children.

“I looked out the window and there he was with a bucket,” victim Mike Prugh said.

For 15 years Prugh says his next door neighbor, 62-year-old Edmond Aviv, has harassed his family targeting his adopted, African American siblings with disabilities.

“You wonder every time you walk outside, you turn to your left to see if your neighbor is there spitting, yelling, screaming at you and you don’t know why,” Prugh said.

Prugh says Aviv used this vent on his garage to hook up a device that leaked kerosene.

Another time he smeared dog feces on parts of the house.

After appearing in court five times over the years, Judge Gayle Williams-Byers said enough is enough.

She sentenced Aviv to 15 days in jail, ordered him to make a sign saying he was a bully and stand at the corner of Trebisky and Monticello over the weekend so people know what he did to the Prughs.

“I would hope that what’s been achieved here is finally the modicum of justice that they had been hoping for for quite some time,” Judge Williams-Byers said.

But a city councilwoman wants more severe charges brought against Aviv.

“I’m disturbed. I think that, we as a community need to ask some questions,” South Euclid City Councilmember Ruth Gray said.

Prugh hopes the sentence will finally make the harassment stop.

“Move on with your life, hopefully they can move on with their lives and we can live in peace,” Prugh said.

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