Judge Cicconetti orders man who threw iguana not to go ‘around bragging’ about what he did

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PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- A man accused of throwing an iguana at a Painesville Perkins pleaded guilty Thursday, and as part of his sentence, was ordered not to "brag" about what he'd done.

Arnold Teeter, 49, pulled an iguana out of his shirt inside Perkins earlier this year, police said. He then swung the animal around his head by the tail and threw it at the manager. Teeter was arrested a few blocks away after a struggled with officers in the middle of Mentor Avenue, police said.

The iguana was taken to the Lake County Humane Society with severe injuries. It has since been reunited with its owner.

Teeter pleaded not guilty to charges of resisting arrest and cruelty to animals Thursday.

Judge Michael Cicconetti sentenced Teeter to 90 days in jail with 77 suspended with credit for 13 days served along with five years of probation. He also ordered that Teeter not be permitted to possess animals for five years and undergo random inspections.

Lastly, he ordered Teeter not to "publicize or brag" about the case.

"I don't care if it's a violation of your First Amendment rights, it's a violation of my probation," said Cicconetti. " I don't want you going around bragging about this like you did before."

Teeter previously pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and animal cruelty.

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