A 41-year-old Lawrence man must perform 100 hours of community service and make special arrangements for paying child support after neglecting previous child-support responsibilities, a federal judge ruled this week.
As part of his three years' probation, Randall Asbury, formerly of Easton, must pay a $1,000 fine, perform community service and agree to execute a "wage assignment" for future child-support payments, U.S. Magistrate Judge Gerald L. Rushfelt ruled Thursday in Kansas City, Kan.
In November, Asbury pleaded guilty to one count of willful failure to pay a child support obligation -- a charge reserved for people who don't pay child support for more than a year or are at least $5,000 overdue.
The charges arose from Asbury's failure to pay child support for his three children, who live in Poland, Ohio. Under a plea negotiation, Asbury has paid $30,184 in support, which covers his overdue debts to his family, according to a joint statement Friday from Randy Rathbun and Emily M. Sweeney, the U.S. attorneys who handled the case.
The case was the first indicted in Ohio's northern district using the Federal Child Support Recovery Act. It was later transferred to Kansas, where four such cases have been filed.
Word of the sentence found receptive ears in Mark Knight, Douglas County district attorney. Local enforcement responsibilities often fall to the state's Social and Rehabilitation Services, or the newly formed court trustee.
The federal law can only help, he said.
"Anything that helps get people to pay their child support is a good thing," he said Friday evening. "It's an ongoing problem."