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Connecticut man ordered to take down Confederate flag

November 26, 2019 GMT

PLAINVILLE, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man faces charges for allegedly using a Confederate flag to harass his African American neighbors.

Prosecutor Brian Preleski says the conflict between the Plainville family and 49-year-old Anthony Esposito came to a head when he draped himself in the Confederate flag and ran up and down his driveway while the neighbors’ 12-year-old daughter waited for the school bus.

The Hartford Courant reports that a Confederate flag was still flying at Esposito’s house Monday after a judge ordered no such flag be flown within 250 yards of the neighbors’ property.

Preleski says Esposito “is a self-avowed racist, sex offender, convicted felon, and claims to have ties to the Ku Klux Klan.”

Esposito remains free on disorderly conduct and breach of peace charges.

His public defender couldn’t be reached for comment Monday.

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Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com