Homeless man sentenced in support case SOUTHWEST--Mount Airy * Woodbine * Taylorsville * Winfield

June 09, 1993|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer

Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. sentenced a 40-year-old homeless man to a year in state prison yesterday for being more than $19,000 behind in his child support payments.

Calvin Thornton, who was arrested in March 1992 by Carroll sheriff's deputies on a criminal nonsupport charge, was given credit for the 185 days he already has spent in jail on the misdemeanor charge.

Judge Beck had given Mr. Thornton two other chances to avoid being thrown in jail. Last June, the judge postponed Mr. Thornton's case indefinitely and ordered him to seek treatment at a detoxification program.

Mr. Thornton left the program after two days and was arrested a month later in Baltimore on trespassing charges.

In December, the judge accepted a plea bargain in the nonsupport case and agreed to impose a period of treatment and a suspended sentence.

Mr. Thornton had neither completed alcohol treatment nor made any payments toward his child support, so Judge Beck sentenced him yesterday to three years in state prison with two years suspended.

Before Carroll sheriff's deputies traced Mr. Thornton's whereabouts last March, finding him frustrated them.

He had failed to make child support payments since 1980 to the Westminster woman who is his former wife and the mother of his 12-year-old child, court records show.

He now owes the money to the state Department of Social Services because the department has been paying the child support.

The court records also show that Social Services officials couldn't find Mr. Thornton to bring him to court on his delinquent child support but that they had been sending him monthly welfare checks since the late 1980s.

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