Father Jailed For Violating Order To Stay Away Form Daughter

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Akron man who abused his children while pressuring them to be high-achievers has been sentenced to six months in jail for violating a court order not to have any contact with his daughter.

Robert Lavery, 57, was convicted in January of violating a court order that he stay away from his 20-year-old daughter, Marjory.

Marjory made the allegations against her father that led to his conviction on felony attempted child endangering and misdemeanor child endangering charges. He was placed on probation on the condition that he obey all laws and stay away from Marjory.

He was charged with violating the protection order in December for sitting in a car at the University of Akron, outside of the building where Marjory works.

Marjory said that Lavery forced his children to study for long periods without sleep or bathroom breaks.

Two of the five Lavery children have had near-perfect college entrance exam scores. One has been a national Lego champion. All are competitive spellers, and one came in second in the National Spelling Bee.

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