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Judge orders man not to have more children

By: Aaron Dimick Email
By: Aaron Dimick Email

SHELL LAKE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A judge has ordered a man to stop having children.

The Sawyer County Judge told 28-year-old John Butler of Hayward that he can't father anymore children for the next two years until he catches up on his past due child support payments.

Court records show he's the father of two kids and owes $23,000.
Butler now has a very interesting pickup line.

The judge told the man, that within three minutes of meeting any female, he must tell her he's a convicted felon and has unpaid child support.

Attorney Paul Jackson from Jackson Legal Services in Eau Claire said in some child support cases, judges usually try to keep a person from going to jail.

Instead, they are kept out of a cell, hoping they'll make money to pay the support.

Jackson said that's most likely the case for John Butler, and that all of this is legal.

“The Wisconsin Supreme Court has decided that this is, while taking away a fundamental right from someone, it's also very related to what they did wrong. And as long as it's a condition of probation, it has to be very narrowly tailored,” Jackson said.

The family lawyer said more and more, he's seeing problems with parents paying their child support and it may take a quirky case like this for people to listen up.

“When people realize there are going to be serious consequences to not paying their child support, they’re going to have more motivation to go out and look for the job and try to keep up with their payments. It does give people an incentive to follow the law,” Jackson said.

Butler's probation is set to last for two years.

Other conditions are maintaining full-time employment, counseling, sobriety and making child support payments.

WEAU left a phone message for him but haven't heard back.
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SHELL LAKE, Wis. (AP) -- A northwestern Wisconsin judge has ordered a man not to have any more children until he catches up on past due child support payments.

Judge Eugene Harrington also told John Butler that within three minutes of meeting any female, he must tell her that he's a convicted felon and has unpaid child support.

The Duluth News Tribune says the 28-year-old Butler earlier pleaded guilty to felony charges of failing to pay support for more than 120 days in 2011.

The sentence is similar to one handed down in Racine County by Judge Tim Boyle. Last month, Boyle sentenced Corey Curtis not to have a tenth child until he could afford to take care of his nine children. But Boyle's order didn't include the twist of notifying women of a criminal past.


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