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Man Ordered to Stay Away from Schools Denies Any Wrongdoing

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RICHLAND, Wash--  Jefferson Elementary School principal Roni Rumsey sent a letter home to parents, which says in part the Richland School District has served a 56-year-old man with an anti-harassment order. 

According to that same letter, the man, Harry Ohman, walked onto the playground with his pets in late January.  When a school official saw the man getting close to children, he was told to leave.  In the past few weeks, he has been seen walking near the school, eventually leading to the school district banning him from within 150 feet of any area school. 

Today that man is back home in Seattle, after what he says is a big misunderstanding.

"In the papers, it's alleged I allowed children to sit on my lap," Ohman says.  "It's alleged that I'm loitering at the school the next day.  I want to say something-- I did nothing illegal."

Ohman says he has trouble breathing, and sat at the school bench to rest.  The principal has said the children were not in danger.  We attempted to contact both the principal and the police department for any further comment, but they were not immediately available.