Man Accused of Bullying Girl Pleads Not Guilty

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EAST SPARTA, Ohio — A man caught on tape allegedly mocking the way a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy walks, pleaded not guilty to aggravated menacing and disorderly conduct charges Tuesday.

Bill Bailey appeared in Canton Municipal Court with his attorney and family members.

He said very little during his court appearance. He and his attorney also declined to discuss the case at this time.

The prosecutor has said the disorderly conduct charge has to do with Bailey’s actions caught on the tape. The aggravated menacing charges are due to comments Bailey is alleged to have made to the mother of the little girl named Hope after the video was taken.

Hope’s grandmother took the video in September when she was at the bus stop.

Hope’s parents allege Bailey was bullying their daughter, and they are pleased charges have been filed against him. For their explanation of what happened, click here.

If convicted, Bailey could face more than six months in jail.

He is due back in court Thursday. He is free on bond and has been ordered to have no contact with the victims while the case is pending.

Bailey has said he and his family have been feuding with Hope’s family. He also maintains that he was not making fun of Hope in the video but was walking with a limp due to a work injury. For his side of the story, click here.

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