Pa. counties sued in mistaken child-support case

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A Philadelphia man who was forced to pay child support for another man's daughter and went to jail for falling behind on the payments is suing two Pennsylvania counties.

The lawsuit filed last week by Walter Andre Sharpe Jr. names Dauphin and Montgomery counties.

The suit filed in federal court in Harrisburg says officials changed his personal identifying information in their computer systems to make him appear to be the child's father.

Sharpe is seeking unspecified damages.

Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico says after investigating the matter that he won't file criminal charges.

Sharpe spent more than a year in jail in Dauphin County, where the girl's mother lived, and he was denied reimbursement for the $12,000 he paid for support.

We must make this type of abused known, and that we will not sit back and allow it to keep on happening.


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