Watch out, deadbeat dads. A judge in Elyria, Ohio has ordered a father of four to stop having kids after racking up nearly $100,000 in child support payments.
Asim Taylor, 35, was sentenced to an additional five years’ probation on Wednesday after failing to pay child support for his four children. Taylor was originally indicted back in August 2011, accused of owing $78,922 to the mothers of his four children. Taylor pleaded guilty, and now owes more than $96,000 in child support payments.
“I put this condition on for one reason and one reason alone,” Judge James Walther told the defendant at his sentencing, according to the Lorain county Chronicle-Telegram. “It’s your personal responsibility to pay for these kids.”
Taylor’s lawyer, Doug Merril, plans to appeal the case on the grounds that it violates Taylor’s right to privacy, citing a previous Ohio Supreme Court decision.
“It’s not a question whether or not if he wants to have more kids. It’s a question of whether or not the government should be telling somebody that they can or they can’t,” Merrill told Kansas City’s KCTV-5. “I’ve heard from at least one of the mothers that he does do what he can to help support the child.”
The case is unusual, but not unheard of: in Wisconsin, two different judges have issued similar no-children orders in recent months. Taylor is scheduled to reappear in court in July.