William Bailey, a 43-year-old Ohio man, was sentenced to a month in jail Tuesday after he was found guilty of harassing a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy by imitating the way she walks.
According to police, an investigation was launched in September of this year after Bailey was caught on video taunting the girl at a bus stop.
Investigators say victim, 10-year-old Hope Holcomb-Knight, was being harassed by kids on the school bus – but the situation got worse when Bailey joined in humiliation by dragging his leg behind him as he walked his son to their car at the bus stop.
Bailey’s son also mocked the girl by dragging his leg behind him. The incident was recorded on a cell phone camera by a family member who was waiting inside her car at the bus stop.
The video was uploaded to YouTube and went viral as a result.
“It makes me sick too, to think that a grown man would tease a 10-year-old disabled girl that has never done a thing to any of them for no reason,” said Mike Knight to a local news reporter. “Now she doesn’t want to get on the bus and go to school.”
The taunting was reportedly just one of several incidents of harassment that have occurred between the two families over the past two years.
Bailey, who lives next door to the Knight family, was arrested and charged with aggravated menacing and disorderly conduct.
At trial, Bailey reportedly pleaded ‘no contest’ to the charges and was sentence to 29 days in jail.
The cell phone video in question has been included below.