Man Who Tormented Neighbor With Swastika Flag Pleads No Contest

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The Sacramento man who was arrested for tormenting his neighbors for years has pleaded no contest to four counts of violating a civil harassment order.

Joseph Ongaro pleaded guilty to charges that he harassed neighbors for five years, even after they obtained a restraining order against him.

Ongaro allegedly poisoned the the family’s dog, poured acid on their truck and then ripped out their surveillance cameras. Then, after the family put the home up for rent in November 2010, up went a swastika flag in Ongaro’s window. He admitted he did it to keep people from renting the home.

Under the plea agreement, Ongaro will be sentenced to 180 days in jail and complete “Life Skill and Choices” classes. He is also prohibited from contacting the neighbors or posting anything online relating to them. He also isn’t allowed to post flags, signs or messages in the front or side of his home. He was also ordered to pay the neighbors for the damage of their property.

The victims were at the hearing and described the financial and emotional toll that Ongaro inflicted on them over the years.

“No family should be subjected to this type of harassment. Today’s sentence provides justice for the victims in this case who were forced out of their home and lived in fear of further harassment by the defendant,” said Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Maxwell.

The swastika flag that had been hanging in Ongaro’s window has been destroyed.

  • Richard Proschold

    what a sick puke!

  • randys

    A few moments with a baseball bat would have side-stepped five years of torture and financial burden!

  • JJ

    This wont stop the idiot, he will continue to do whatever he wants. Trust me, I use to live next door to a person like this man. They dont care about restraining orders or the law.

  • Steve

    He looks like a little guy. Beat the He!! out of him~!

  • Rusty

    So a flag of a swastika is so offensive that it has to be blurred out in the eyes of the media. Grow some skin, people.

    • phil

      Its what the flag represents and the very reason behind him using it! Think about it, why did he choose a swastika was it to communicate that he’s sorry for the millions that died under it?

  • leforme

    the neighbors should file suit against him and take HIS house in payment. I agree that a couple of minutes with a baseball bat would have adjusted his attitude for the better, unfortunately that would have only resulted in the neighbors, or whoever provided the service, being arrested.

  • Whitey

    Typical white racist…SMDH!!!

  • Jason

    Hopefully this will be the start of a string of bad luck for this guy. I would guess that he is difficullt to deal with at work too, so his jail time will give his employer the opportunity to fire him for missing work. Hopefully his life will then spiral out of control, he will lose his house and maybe do the world a favor and eat whatever it was he gave to the neigbor’s dog.

  • Theothernieghbor

    Nothing was said about racism…the swastika was there for shock value, obviously it worked. I never had a problem in 21yrs.

    • Phil

      You never had a problem cause your too spineless to stand up for what is right you idiot! to STHU and sit back down in your arm chair and stay invisiable to the world….You fool!

      • Open Minded

        Not to justify this guy’s actions, but all we have heard is one side of the story, and there are always two. Perhaps the “innocent” victims were busy-body, meddlesome, obnoxious individuals, hiding behind the so-called justice system. I imagine they are not guiltless. What this dude did was wrong, he made bad decisions, but something caused him to take those actions.

  • rmcsticks

    POS Loser

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