'Most-wanted' dad gets 3-year sentence Father of 3 owes $31,000 in support

September 29, 1992|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

Carroll's "most-wanted" dad -- a 34-year-old father of three who owes more than $31,000 in back child support -- was convicted of criminal non-support after one of the county's most difficult investigations.

Stanley Howard Turner was found guilty on Thursday by Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns, who imposed the maximum penalty of three years in the Division of Corrections.

Turner, whose ex-wife lives in Carroll with the couple's son, 12, and two daughters, 9 and 11, had not made any of the court-mandated payments to his family -- aside from two made early in 1991 -- since 1986, according to Circuit Court records.

Investigators began looking for Turner last October after he failed to appear for a contempt of court hearing.

The court ordered him in October 1986 to pay his former wife $105 a week, but he had only made two payments since that order.

The Sheriff's Department spent nine months tracking Turner, who had no documents in his name that would have indicated his whereabouts.

After many exhausted leads, authorities began to wonder whether Turner actually existed.

But informant's tips led police to Windsor Township, Pa., a small York County community where he was doing construction and carpentry work -- getting paid "under the table" -- and living with his girlfriend, court records show.

Turner was arrested July 6 and held in Pennsylvania until his extradition four days later.

In July, the amount of Turner's overdue payments -- $30,814 -- was the most delinquent of Carroll's 2,480 support cases, according to court records.

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