Pair sentenced to work release for child support violations

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Tony Watson

Tony Watson

Brittany Spurlock

GALLIPOLIS — A Gallia County man and woman will spend the holidays and beyond in a work release center for separate contempt violations relating to child support.

Brittany Spurlock was sentenced to 60 days in the Gallia County Work Release Center for a second contempt, according to Gallia County prosecutors, who added that she admitted Aug. 25, 2015, in Gallia County Juvenile Court to being in contempt.

As of Nov. 25, prosecutors say Spurlock owed $12,365.21 in back child support. On Dec. 1, Spurlock was back in juvenile court for sentencing, wherein she was ordered to begin her local incarceration on Dec. 15.

In a separate case, Tony Le’Trail Watson was sentenced to 270 days in the Gallia County Work Release Center for delinquency in three child support cases.

On Aug. 25, prosecutors said Watson admitted to being in contempt for the third time in two cases and for the fifth time in one case. Watson was ordered to serve 90 days on each case consecutively with one another for a total of 270 days. Watson owed $19,257.77 in back child support.

On Dec. 1, Watson was back in juvenile court for sentencing wherein he was ordered to begin local incarceration on Dec. 15.

“Sentences at the Work Release Center are optimal for the child support cases we handle for the reason that individuals are permitted to continue their current employment without interruption,” Gallia County Prosecutor Jeff Adkins said. “Upon proper verification, the individual is released for the work day and ordered to return immediately when work is concluded for the day. This allows the Gallia County Child Support Enforcement Agency the opportunity to set a wage withholding in place from the employer and for the individual to serve their sentence while also remaining gainfully employed for the benefit of their minor children, which is the main goal in all of these cases.”

Assistant Prosecutor Britt Wiseman added that the prosecutor’s office handles enforcement and establishments of child support orders with the Gallia County Child Support Enforcement Agency, an arm of the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services.

“The employees and investigators at these agencies work tirelessly to track down those who owe child support and to commence legal action for non-payment,” he said. “The investigators are critical to the prosecution and success rate of these cases. Their work oftentimes goes unnoticed and they should be commended for the time and energy expended in preparing these matters for court and for directing money towards the children for whom these orders benefit.”

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