GREENVILLE — Darke County Common Pleas Court heard case the case of a West Milton man charged with non-support of dependents on Monday. Judge Jonathan P. Hein presided.
Derek Eldridge, 25, of West Milton, was sentenced on charges of non-support of dependents, a fifth-degree felony. His previous record includes charges of theft, domestic violence, driving under suspension and disorderly conduct, and he is currently nearly $10,000 in arrears in child support. He also has a history of alcohol and marijuana use.
“The good news is it stops there,” Judge Hein told the defendant. “Usually I have to call out three or four more groups of drugs.”
Assistant Prosecutor Quigley recommended 30 days in Darke County Jail. Defense attorney David Rohrer asked for leniency, however.
“My client is working, and I believe he wants to pay his child support,” Rohrer said.
Hein sentenced Eldridge to probation and also advised the defendant to be more vigilant about making appointments with his probation officer.
“You’re this far from having an arrest warrant issued for not doing the simplest thing, but it’s also the most important thing,” Hein said. “You’ve got to show up.”
Hein told Eldridge that, while he was employed and had already begun paying child support, it was important to keep his probation officer informed.
“You’re doing things right, but you’re not letting us know,” Hein said. “And sometimes in cases like that, we tend to assume the worst.”
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