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Dad barred from having more children

Wisconsin man behind on child support jailed.

By Parenting Magazine Dec 7, 2012 10:44PM

by Filip at Parenting.com

A Wisconsin man has been ordered by a judge to stop having kids as a condition of his parole following an arrest for failure to pay child support.

Corey Curtis, from Racine, Wisconsin, has fathered nine children by six women. He’s behind on child support and related payments by over $90,000 and in jail for failure to make those payments. Recently, he applied for bail, and Judge Tim Boyle put a somewhat poetic condition on his release.Photo: Romilly Lockyer/Getty Images

“It’s too bad the court doesn’t have the authority to sterilize,” Boyle said. “Common sense dictates you shouldn’t have kids you can’t afford. I will make that a condition of your probation.”

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It’s an unusual move, but not an illegal one. In 2001, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled “that courts have the ability to put conditions regarding procreation in a probation sentence,” according to WDAF-Kansas.

This isn’t the first time Curtis has been arrested for failure to pay child support. In response to the judge’s ruling, he said, “Judges, they make rulings, they make them kind of hastily. So, if that's what he feels one of my conditions should be then I'm going to abide by it."

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This isn’t the first time a judge has done this, either. In 2002, Luther Crawford, father of 11 and also behind on child support payments, signed a plea agreement wherein he pledged to avoid “ANY sexual intercourse” for the duration of his parole. A judge later threw the plea deal out, sentencing him to hard time in jail but sparing him the abstinence provision.

What do you think? Are you a single parent with a child-support story to share? Tell us in the comments.

Photo: Romilly Lockyer/Getty Images

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4Comments
Dec 9, 2012 6:37PM
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counseling.... you can't take away basic human rights.
Dec 9, 2012 9:46AM
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If only a sentence like that could be enforced! I know too many single moms who are struggling because their ex won't man up and help support their children.  However, in this man's case I don't believe he was married to any of the women he had children with--that's not to say he shouldn't support them.  On the other hand, women in this country need to be responsible for their own reproductive systems.  We aren't living in the 19th century when women had no choice in the matter of when they would get pregnant. A number of young women will use pregnancy as a way to try and force their boyfriends hand into making a permanent commitment.  You can't tell me that a grown woman doesn't know if she has unprotected sex that it will very likely result in pregnancy. Even so, the children are the innocent victims here and shouldn't have to suffer for the things their parents do.
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