Jailed father in arrears for child support is freed

February 01, 1994|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer

Saying Michael G. Glover had "served enough time to know that the court's serious about collecting back child support," Carroll Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold yesterday released the former Westminster auto parts executive from state prison.

Mr. Glover was sentenced to three years in prison last summer after he failed to resume $725 monthly payments to his former wife. He told the judge yesterday that he would try to find a job so he can make some sort of support payments.

Asked by the judge what his job prospects are, Mr. Glover said, "I won't know until I get out."

He is more than $20,000 behind in payments to Sheree Brown, his former wife, who has custody of the couple's three children. Court records show that since his arrest in March 1992, Mr. Glover has paid Mrs. Brown about $2,000.

The judge expressed frustration with the case, which he said has moved "back and forth" between civil and criminal courtrooms.

"I think he's served enough time to know that the court's serious about collecting back child support," Judge Arnold said. "I want to give him [Mr. Glover] some time to prepare for the civil part of the hearing."

A civil hearing -- to determine, among other things, how much money Mr. Glover should pay Mrs. Brown monthly -- is expected within the next two months.

Mr. Glover surrendered to Carroll sheriff's deputies March 11, 1992. He had been arrested near his suburban Philadelphia home nine days earlier.

Mrs. Brown and her current husband staked out a Phoenixville, Pa., post office box that Mr. Glover rented and had him arrested on the nonsupport charge.

Mr. Glover had not made a child support payment since the couple divorced in 1985.

Mr. Glover had remarried -- he has since divorced again -- and moved from Carroll County to near Philadelphia.

Months after his arrest, Mr. Glover pleaded guilty to one count of criminal nonsupport and received a suspended three-year sentence and was ordered to resume payments to Mrs. Brown. After he failed to establish a regular payment pattern, Judge Arnold sent him to jail.

Court records show that Mr. Glover had an annual income of $70,000 as recently as 1989. But he said after his arrest that he never paid child support to Mrs. Brown because she "harassed" him and his new family.

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