An Ohio dad has been ordered to serve 29 days in jail after being captured on video mocking a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy. William Bailey, 43, pleaded no contest Tuesday to misdemeanor charges of menacing and disorderly conduct and will have to pay a $400 fine in addition to the jail term. The sentence handed down by the judge was the maximum possible for those charges, the Canton Repository reports.
In October, Tricia Knight videotaped next-door neighbor Bailey and his 9-year-old son dragging their legs and walking with a limp at a bus stop, in plain view of her daughter Hope Holcomb, who relies on crutches to get around. Bailey was originally charged with fourth-degree misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct, which was later reduced to a minor misdemeanor. A charge of first-degree misdemeanor menacing was filed by Knight who claimed Bailey threatened to choke her with a chain. It was later reduced to a fourth-degree charge.
In a statement of apology, Bailey wrote, “To Hope and her family, please accept my apology for my inappropriate behavior. I know that my actions were immature and lacked the respect you deserve. I didn’t realize the impact this incident would have upon both of our families and I truly regret it.” Despite the apology, Bailey denies mocking Holcomb.