A peculiar dispute between two South Florida neighbors came before the Fourth District Court of Appeal on Wednesday when it found that a registered sex offender’s three-year “campaign of harassment” against the couple next door violated his probation and warranted a prison sentence.

The case drew conflicting opinions from the appellate panel as two judges found the defendant Scott Johnstone’s behavior fell under Florida’s stalking statute but a dissenting judge said the “antics” were nothing more than “petty annoying behavior.”

The feud began after Johnstone disclosed that he’d been convicted of 10 counts of possession of child pornography and his new neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Shockley, said they didn’t want anything to do with him.

Johnstone then allegedly did an array of things to annoy them, including painting a ”clown-like character” on an adjoining fence with the words,” STUPID PEOPLE BEYOND THIS POINT” and an arrow pointing to their house.


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