A Lee County man who failed to pay thousands of dollars in child support for more than a decade has been sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay restitution, prosecutors said today.
Cloyd Brock of Salem, Ala., will be placed on six months home confinement with electronic monitoring and will be required to repay more than $63,000 at a rate of no less than $200 a month.
“People who have children should treasure and nurture those children, not abandon them," U.S. Attorney George L. Beck, Jr. said in a statement. "My office will continue to prosecute those people who ignore their responsibility and fail to take care of their own children.
Brock made occasional child support payments over the years and had his wages garnished at times, prosecutors said, but he hadn't made a single payment since March 2007 though he was employed.
Federal law allows parents to be prosecuted for failing to pay court-ordered child support when the child lives in another state, more than $5,000 is owed and the child support has been unpaid more than a year. Brock was indicted in January 2011 and pleaded guilty in August.