Deadbeat dad to do jail time on Father's Day

By Tiffany Teasley - bio | email

LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - Patrick Keneavy of Cincinnati will have plenty of time to reflect on his failure to pay nearly $18,000 in back child support, after Warren County Judge James Flannery sentenced him to report to jail on Father's Day for the next five years.

"You're a parent, you're a mother or father, you have responsibilities to these children , so let's make you sit in jail for that 24 hour period that would normally be devoted to the celebration of being a parent," Flannery said.

Flannery is known for the probation sentencing structure, that he says gives parents a purposeful punishment without taking up limited space in the jail.

"I want to punish these people, but really can't punish them by putting them in prison without taking up a bed space for someone that maybe is violent," Flannery said.

"We need to force a person to pay and we need to send a message to the others that you must pay, that not supporting your children is just not acceptable," said Warren County Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel.

Hutzel says the sentencing style also forces deadbeat parents to pay up.

"He's balancing that against the need to have these people out of jail working, so that they can pay the support," Hutzel said.

Keneavy is due in jail on June 19, 2010. His attorney did not return FOX19's calls for comment.

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