Dead­beat dad sen­tenced to jail

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CENTREVILLE — A Millersville man was sen­tenced to 18 months in jail for fail­ure to pay child sup­port for his mi­nor child in Queen Anne’s County. James Clifton Hart Jr., 48, was found guilty of the child sup­port non-pay­ment fol­low­ing a jury trial in the Queen Anne’s County Cir­cuit Court on June 1, 2016.

Hart had failed to pay his child sup­port obli­ga­tion since Novem­ber 2014. Pur­suant to a Court Or­der in a pa­ter­nity case, Hart was ob­li­gated to pay $247 per month in child sup­port.

Sen­tenc­ing in the mat­ter was deferred by the court un­til Nov. 10, 2016 in or­der for Hart to main­tain em­ploy­ment and make pay­ments to­ward his obli­ga­tion. Hart re­port­edly made one pay­ment in the amount of $70.19 on June 6, 2016, but failed to make any pay­ments af­ter that date. His cur­rent to­tal ar­rear­age is $18,480.17. In ad­di­tion to the jail sen­tence, a judg­ment against Hart for the out­stand­ing bal­ance was also en­tered. The case was pros­e­cuted by Queen Anne’s County Deputy State’s At­tor­ney Chris­tine Dulla Rickard.

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