Watkins Glen man arrested on child support warrant

A Watkins Glen man remains held in jail on a Schuyler County Family Court warrant, due to allegations he willfully failed to pay over $25,000 in back child support. According to Schuyler County Attorney Geoffrey Rossi, on Friday, March 27, Richard A. Franklin, age 39, of Walt Gilbert Rd, appeared before Family Court Judge Dennis Morris on the outstanding warrant. The warrant was issued when Franklin failed to appear for court in February on a petition charging him with contempt of court, due to his failure to make child support payments.At Friday’s court appearance, assistant County Attorney Steven Getman asked the court to incarcerate Franklin, due to a history of non-compliance. Franklin was represented by Schuyler County Public Defender Wesley Roe. At the conclusion of the court appearance, Franklin was returned to the Schuyler County Correctional Facility on $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 secured bond. He is due back in family court at a later date. Under New York State law, a parent’s failure to pay court ordered child support constitutes prima facie evidence of a willful violation. If no payments are made, the burden shifts to the parent to show credible evidence of inability to make payments. If a willful violation is established, the respondent parent may be subject to garnishment of property, loss of business or recreational licenses and probation or incarceration. Until a willful violation is established, the charges against a respondent are accusations, and respondents may be presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law. The county attorney’s office represents the Department of Social Services in prosecuting child support cases brought in the family court by that agency. In addition, the office provides support collection services for eligible custodial parents seeking assistance in establishing and enforcing orders for child support. The county attorney’s office is being assisted in the prosecution and presentation of the case by employees of the county’s child support enforcement unit.

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