Cleric ordered to pay $45,000 in child support Newspaper story helped his former wife find him

June 23, 1996|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

A minister has been ordered to pay $45,000 in delinquent child support after his former wife tracked him down through a newspaper article that touted his credentials as pastor to two Anne Arundel County churches.

The Rev. Eddie E. Sherman was ordered by Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Lawrence H. Rushworth to pay $500 a month in support and $200 in interest as a penalty to make up for the support he stopped paying in 1988.

Judge Rushworth signed the order Friday after a two-hour hearing last week.

"After eight years of trying to track him, it feels great," said Sherman's former wife, Cathy E. Beasley.

Sherman declined comment.

Beasley, of Gambrills, filed a petition in Anne Arundel Circuit Court May 24 requesting the hearing after she saw a newspaper rTC article touting Sherman's credentials as minister of Mount Tabor Methodist Church in Crownsville and Fowler's Methodist Church on Bestgate Road in Annapolis.

Beasley said the couple had been married for six years and were living in Woodbridge, Va., when they were divorced in Prince William County on Aug. 13, 1987.

Sherman made the court-ordered $500-a-month payments for their two children until December 1988, then Beasley lost track of him, according to court papers.

Beasley, who has since remarried, said that whenever she asked Sherman's four sisters or three brothers where he was living, they either claimed not to know or said they had been ordered not to tell.

"Apparently, they were under the impression all that time that he was paying the support, but I wasn't allowing him to see them, which just wasn't the case," she said.

Sherman has not had contact with his two children, Eddie Eugene Jr., 14, and Adrian, 12, she said.

Beasley, who earns $27,000 a year working for the Maryland Aviation Administration, said that a friend at work pointed out the newspaper profile of Sherman that appeared Nov. 18, 1995.

She included the article in her petition for the support order, using it to support claims that he can afford the payments.

"It really shocked me that he was a reverend, I mean you know, a reverend," Beasley said.

Pub Date: 6/23/96

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