Dad barred from having more children
Wisconsin man behind on child support jailed.
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.
“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.
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