Job Seeking Ohio Father Fears Felony Indictment for Being Unemployed

At a fatherhood summit in Ohio about 18 months ago, I unleashed a verbal tirade directed
at Ohio’s Deputy Child Support Director at that time.

I demanded an immediate moratorium on Ohio’s felony indictment of fathers for criminal
nonsupport. That, until reasonable statutes were written and in place.

I argued in part that indicting and convicting good fathers on felony criminal nonsupport
charges would forever ruin the careers (and lives) of many, and that they’d face
perpetual incarceration as a result.

Despite the politicians and judicial officials in attendance witnessing the standing
ovation and thunderous applause in support of my words, I like probably everyone else,
knew that my demands would go no further than did those words from my mouth.

In reference to the email below, I’m unaware of the charges resulting in that father’s
prior felony convictions, but from a white collar employment perspective, it wouldn’t
matter.

Many white-collared fathers like me would be in the same position as the one below if we
had criminal felony nonsupport convictions. Most white-collar employers don’t
differentiate between felony convictions for the purposes of employment. A felony is a
felony, period.

I suspect his story moves me as it does given that my own “felony deadbeat clock” was
ticking, and a felony indictment encroaching, when I was unemployed. This when my
previous employer fired me after the Fugitive Warrant Unit attempted to execute a civil
warrant for my arrest (for civil contempt) at work.

I’ll never understand society’s depraved contempt towards fathers, but emails like the
following remind me that it’s why I’ll forever fight against the unconscionable madness
that’s driving our corrupted “Family Court” system.

Tony Fantetti
Ohio Council for Fathers Rights
tony.fantetti(at)ocffr(dot)org

“I grew up without a father. It’s because every child deserves to have a loving father in their life that I’m compelled to do this.”
-Tony Fantetti

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Date: Tue, 24 Nov 2009 16:44:00 -0800 [11/24/2009 04:44:00 PM PST]
From: xxxxxxxxx
To: tony.fantetti(at)ocffr(dot)org
Subject: help me please

I am ordered to pay child support on my two twin sons… whom were taken from me by their mother (my ex girlfriend) and never returned. I unfortunately have multiple felony
convictions on my record and cannot find a job in ohio period. I am way way behind in
child support and feel that they will soon come to get me. I am caught in a catch 22. I
went to the domestic relations building in my area to retrieve a so-called list of
employers that will hire felons… and when i got that list it was old, outdated, and
most of the places that did exist on the form… were simply ‘NOT HIRING’ …
what do i do?
If i can’t find work, how do I pay anything?

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