Kitten drowning witness accuses neighbor of intimidation
You heard it first on Action News. A witness to an animal cruelty crime committed by a teenager is bullied and intimidated by the teen's father.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A witness to an animal cruelty crime committed by a teenager is being bullied and intimidated by the teen's father.
Contact 13 Chief Investigator Darcy Spears first reported that about a month ago. But it's still happening and the witness is wondering when authorities will take decisive action.
Christine Ohm did anything but smile when she learned she was on camera in her own backyard.
"It was just looking in my private space."
Three cameras mounted on her neighbor's property looking down into her yard, with cables for both video and sound.
"I was a prisoner. I couldn't swim. I couldn't go out there because he's viewing my whole -- everything I did 24/7."
The man she's talking about is the same man who hid his face in Juvenile Court after his son and another boy were convicted of animal cruelty.
The teens drowned two kittens in the man's backyard -- holding them down in a cup of water with a barbecue tool.
Next door neighbor Chris Ohm witnessed it, took pictures, and turned the boys in.
"You know it makes people think, why would you ever be a witness of anything if people are allowed to treat you like this?"
The cameras aren't the only intimidating things Chris has dealt with. Despite Judge Voy's order during sentencing in July that both boys and their families have no contact with the witness, a little over a month ago, we reported on a sign the neighbor put it up facing Chris's backyard, and threatening deadly force.
He only took it down after Chris reported it and authorities warned him about his behavior.
"He has pretty much thumbed his nose at law enforcement, thumbed his nose at the judge and I just wonder what the judge is gonna do about it?" said Gina Greisen with Nevada Voters for Animals.
The D.A. plans to bring the case back before the judge for a new no-contact order. It's scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday, October 10.
"This is gonna send a strong message to the community about whether witnesses will come forward in any kind of case in the future," Greisen said.
During sentencing, prosecutors told the judge that Chris Ohm's neighbor condoned and justified his son's actions in drowning the kittens.
They also said he provided alcohol to his underage son and kept weapons in the home. It's a home where Metro has been called out four times in four years for domestic violence.
"What do you need to have come out of this in order for you to feel like your being a witness was the right thing to do?" Spears asked Ohm.
"I want to be protected against him. I do not want him to have any contact with me, I don't want him to look my way. I just want to move on. I want to live in my house and not be afraid."
If the judge agrees with the D.A. and grants the no-contact order, it will come with consequences. If the neighbor violates it in any way, he could face contempt of court charges and do some jail time.
Juvenile justice authorities tell Action News the cameras were never connected. But they did force the man to take them down.
Contact 13 will be in the courtroom when the case goes back before the judge.