JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau man has been sentenced to 10 days in jail for refusing to pay child support for nine years.
Carl T. Wallers pleaded no contest to allegations he owes more than $44,000 in back child support for his 11-year-old daughter. Wallers, part owner of a Juneau logging company, has not volunteered money to his daughter since a court ordered him to pay child support in 1992, accordign to Barbara Miklos, director of the state Child Support Enforcement Division.
Miklos said the child received Wallers' Alaska Permanent Fund dividends, which were seized by the agency.
Eric Hedland, a public defender in Juneau, called the sentence inappropriate, saying the jail time will take Wallers away from the workplace where he could be earning child-support money.
In a hearing Thursday, Judge Peter Froehlich also sentenced Wallers to five years probation and ordered him to pay $600 a month starting Oct. 3.
Miklos said defendents in child support enforcement cases rarely serve jail time. Out of 48,000 active cases, only 30 have gone to court the past three years and only two defendants besides Wallers have been sentenced to jail this year.
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