Monday, December 2, 2019

Genesee County man sentenced in Schuyler County for failure to pay child support

Watkins Glen, NY (November 25, 2019)--A Bergen (Genesee County) man was given a 120-day stayed jail sentence for not paying past-due child support, following an appearance in Schuyler County Family Court on Monday (November 25, 2019).

According to County Attorney Steven Getman, the respondent was found in willful violation of a prior court order because he failed to pay nearly $7000.00 ($6943.22) in back support for his two children, who reside with their mother in Schuyler County.

Court records indicated that the last payment was made June 2016, Getman said.

After hearing from the parties, Acting Schuyler County Family Court Judge John Rowley determined that the respondent should be punished for contempt of court. Therefore, he sentenced the respondent to 120 days in jail, with the opportunity to “purge” the sentence if he paid at least $3000.00 towards the back child support prior to January 3, 2020. If the sentence is not purged, Rowley held, the man would be incarcerated on that date.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant County Attorney Vinton Bovier Stevens. The respondent was represented by Ithaca attorney Nicole Pence.

Under New York State law, parents who willfully fail to obey court orders of child support can be sentenced to up to six months for contempt of court, Getman noted.

The county attorney’s office represents the Department of Social Services in prosecuting child support cases brought in the family court by that agency. In addition, the office provides support collection services for eligible custodial parents seeking assistance in establishing and enforcing orders for child support.

The county attorney’s office was assisted in the prosecution and presentation of the case by employees of the county’s child support enforcement unit.

The man’s name was not released to protect the privacy of his children and family.