Lorain County Probate Court Judge James Walther has seen a lot in his seven years on the bench, including more than 700 cases of non-payment of child support.
But he says he's never seen a case like London Chapman's.
Chapman, 39, of Lorain pleaded guilty recently to 11 counts of non-support. He is accused of owing $203,000 in back child support over 11 of the 13 years he has fathered children with five women.
After what he said were months of consideration, Walther handed down an unusual sentence in the case last week: He banned Chapman from fathering any more children until he pays back child support, or at least makes a substantial effort to do so.
"It's a person's fundamental right to procreate," said Scaletta-Bremke. "I don't know if Mr. Chapman wants to have more children or not. He has not fathered a child in nine years, but it is his right to do so. We will appeal the case Ninth District Ohio Court of Appeals and if necessary, appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court to hear the case."
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