Corey Curtis, a father of nine children, was ordered by a judge on Monday to stop “compulsively procreating” unless he can pay the $90,000 of child support he owes.
“It’s too bad the court doesn’t have the authority to sterilize,” said Racine County Circuit Court Judge Tim Boyle to the Journal Times.
Boyle, as part of Curtis’ three-year probation, has prohibited the 44 year-old father from having any more children until he can prove he can financially provide for them.
Curtis’s nine children were fathered with six different women.
“Common sense dictates you shouldn’t have kids you can’t afford,” Boyle added.
In October, Curtis pleaded no contest to one count of felony bail jumping and one count misdemeanor of failure to pay child support.
The long child support bill comprises of $50,000 in back payments plus an additional $40,000 in interest.
While Curtis’ lawyer at first protested the unusual order, citing it was not recommended in pre-sentencing, Curtis seems to willfully comply with the decision.
“If that’s what he feels one of my conditions should be then I’m going to abide by it,” Curtis told WDJT-TV.
Just yesterday, one of Curtis’ daughters came forward to defend Curtis, saying he is a not a “deadbeat” father.
“Everyone has a life of their own to live he probably made a mistake by not taking care of us but who’s to say he hasn’t changed,” she told WDJT-TV. “What if one day he decides to get married and his wife wants kids, he has to prove he can father a child? I don’t think that’s fair at all.”
Another similar Supreme Court case in 2001, State vs. Oakley, details a father who failed to pay child support seven times and was issued similar clause that prohibited him from having any more children.
The justices ruled that the defendant, David Oakley, had the constitutional right to procreate if he made the specified child support payments.
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