Midlands councilman gets 45 days for failing to pay child support | News
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS)- A Batesburg-Leesville town
councilman will spend the next 45 days behind bars for failing to pay
court-ordered child support. This is the second time Steve Cain's served time
since April for violating orders to pay child support on two separate children.
Cain is currently $15,796.53 behind in payments. A family court
judge ordered Cain to pay the mothers of his children $90 each week, plus an
additional $10 to go toward Cain's arrearage. Cain has not made a child support
payment since May for one of his children. That payment was $33.
Lexington County deputies arrested Cain at the McDonald's on
West Columbia Avenue at around 1:30 p.m. Friday, according to sources there.
Cain was booked into the Lexington County Detention Center where he spent the
weekend awaiting his hearing Monday morning. Cain, dressed in an orange colored
jumpsuit and shackled at the hands and wrists, told judge Robert Newton, "It's
just been a bad; really a bad year for me."
Cain told the judge the reason he's been unable to make his
child support payments was because he's been "chronically unemployed."
honor, if you look at the record, when I was working I didn't miss a payment,"
Cain told the judge. The sitting councilman and Batesburg-Leesville mayoral
candidate told the judge he's filed for bankruptcy and his home is currently under
Councilman Cain served several days in
April after facing a 30 day sentence for failing to
pay more than $15,000 in court-ordered child support payments, according to
Family Court filings. The judge sentenced Cain to concurrent 30 day sentences
for failing to pay support for his two children. On April 8, the judge told
Cain at sentencing, if he could come up with $1,500 toward his support
arrearage, he could get out of jail. Records show Cain paid
$1,500 the next day and was released.
show Cain made one $33 payment in May and had a $399 tax return intercepted
and applied toward his child support obligation. Cain told the judge that he's
been unable to find work but that he was starting classes at Midlands Technical
College this week and would be starting a new job, as well.
"I know two
things: one is within a day you paid—were able to pay the amount the court
ordered (in April) and then it appears from the payment history, it was little
effort whatsoever as I found the last time," judge Newton told Cain during the
hearing Monday. "I found you have the ability to pay. I find you have the
ability to seek employment and it appears to be developing a pattern of failure
to pay until you find yourself in this situation," Newton said.
reminded Cain that the only objective for the court was to ensure he complies
with the court's order that he pay child support for his two children. The
judge sentenced Cain to 45 days for each child for a total of 90 days, but
allowed Cain to serve his sentence concurrently. Cain could pay $3200 toward
his child support arrearage and be freed early.
"Good luck to
you, Mr. Cain," Newton told the councilman as two Lexington County deputies
escorted Cain out of the courtroom.
Family court has issued a total of 21 orders for Cain to
show for court to explain why he's failed to make court-ordered child support
payments since 2002.
court records filed in April, Cain owed one mother $7,023 and the other $8,457.
previously made headlines for his actions during a 2010 council meeting. He was
escorted out of that meeting by the police after a disagreement with Mayor Jim
Wiszowaty about the number of questions he was permitted to ask. As he was
leaving that meeting, he accused Wiszowaty of using cocaine. The two had been
engaged in a longstanding dispute over a city water contract. Wiszowaty later
sued Cain over the drug allegations, but Wiszowaty later dropped his lawsuit,
telling WIS he did so "out of the goodness of my heart."
challenged Wiszowaty in the town's 2009 mayoral election, but lost. Cain is
currently involved in a rematch with Wiszowaty for the mayor's seat.
Cain remained jailed in the county
detention center as of this report.
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