SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio — An unusual sentence for an unusual bullying case in South Euclid.
“This was not a garden variety neighbor dispute,” said Judge Gayle Williams-Byers, South Euclid Municipal Court judge.
Williams-Byers ordered Edmond Aviv, 62, to stand outside on Sunday with a sign.
“It will read, ‘I am a bully! I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intolerant of those that are different from myself,” said the judge.
Aviv was recently convicted of harassing his neighbors on Trebisky Road.
“It started when my parents bought the house, roughly 15 years ago,” said Scott Prugh, who lives next door to Aviv.
Prugh says his parents adopted two black children with developmental disabilities.
“There’s seven of us total. I never thought that anyone would have to go through something like this,” said Prugh.
Things like when Aviv once set up his dryer in his garage so that he could pour kerosene into it.
“He did it so the flames would blow into our house. It smelled like gas, it filled the entire home,” said Prugh.
“Aviv also spat on the mother on two different occasions,” added Williams-Byers.
Aviv plead no contest to the charges.
“He would do things like shine a spotlight at their house at three in the morning so the family couldn’t sleep. Then he would play loud music. He also shoveled dog feces onto the car of the one son who is a caretaker to the disabled children. He did this every day,” said Williams-Byers.
At sentencing, Aviv even admitted to calling the kids names.
“When the children went to play outside, he targeted them. With the limited capability that they had, if they lost a ball, Aviv would kick it as hard as he could across the street so they couldn’t access it anymore,” said Williams-Byers.
According to the judge, Aviv must stand at the intersection of Trebisky and Monticello in South Euclid from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sunday.
“I believe I fashioned a sentence that responds to him, to his behavior, to his ideology, to what he thought of his neighbors and their now blended family,” said the judge.
The Pugh family says they are not moving. They just want this all behind them.
“I just want it done. Over. For both us. Just move on,” said Prugh.
The judge also sentenced Aviv to 15 days in jail.
He must also attend anger management classes at the Diversity Center and perform 100 hours of community service at the Outwaithe Community center located on East 55th Street in Cleveland.