Michael Fay embraced friends and relatives as he arrived home from Singapore, and his father said he would take legal action against the country that refused to spare his son the rod.
"I feel great," Fay said Wednesday as he arrived at his father's home in suburban Dayton. "I'm not going to talk about anything else. I'll be talking sometime soon."Fay, 19, was released Tuesday from a Singapore prison where he was hit four times on his bare buttocks with a rattan cane. He was imprisoned for 83 days after pleading guilty to vandalism.
George Fay said he would pursue legal action against Singapore for his son's punishment. He had not decided how he would proceed.
"I don't want to make any money on it, but I do want to take a hell of a lot of money from Singapore's pockets," he said.
After Michael Fay was released, he said that his interrogators had bullied him into falsely confessing that he sprayed paint on cars last fall with other foreign teenagers. He pleaded guilty to vandalism in March.
Singapore authorities denied police abused Fay.
Fay, carrying a gym bag full of mail he received while in prison, threw his arms around family members as he arrived at his father's white brick house.
"He just kept saying he was free, over and over," said Amy Brown, a neighbor. "He said he just wanted to get everything back to normal."
George Fay said his son will now turn his attention to finishing high school. He said he had not seen his son's scars.
"He volunteered to show it," he said. "I wasn't prepared to see it."