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The county family welfare agency then began garnishing Walter Sharpe's wages from his job at a trash-hauling company.
He served four six-month jail terms for not keeping up with support payments between 2001 and 2005, then lost his job.
Walter Sharpe and his attorney, Tabetha Tanner, claim his identity was stolen in 2002, when he met with agency officials and provided identification showing he was not the father.
Originally posted by Harlequin
can see a rather sustantial court case - - they wrecked his life
It finally stopped in May 2007 when a judge reversed a finding that he was the father. But the same judge has since ruled that Sharpe is not entitled to any compensation, not even the money he was forced to pay to support the child.
Originally posted by ZindoDoone
reply to post by AgentOrangeJuice
In some states, believe it or not, DNA evidence means nothing if at first you are adjudicated as the father of a child. With Social Services and child welfare rules, they can hang you by the short hairs for years before any judge will hear your case, and even then if the judge thinks you may be a better monetary contributor than the real father they may not release you from responsibility. There are three cases right here in my state that I personaly know of that have had this happen. The dead beat thats the true father and living with the 'lady' is left alone and the poor guy that dated the girl three times is the responsible party.