Judge: Evicted son Michael Rotondo faces jail if he doesn't get job to support child
The Post Standard (Syracuse, NY)
Syracuse, NY -- An Onondaga County Family Court judge today warned evicted son Michael Rotondo that he could go to jail if he doesn't find a job so he can pay child support.
Judge Julie Cecile found Rotondo, 30, in willful violation of an order that he pay $56 a week to support his 8-year-old son. Today's appearance, attended by Rotondo and the lawyer for his son's mother, revolved exclusively around Rotondo's $2,600 in back child support.
Cecile said state law allowed her to order able-bodied people to find jobs so they can support their children until age 21. His $56-a-week is based on the assumption that he could make $400 a week on the job market.
"The law requires you to be employed," she told Rotondo.
Rotondo, who lost custody of his child in 2017, has claimed poor person status in multiple appeals to his custody case. He has said that his job right now is getting custody back of his son.
But the mother's lawyer, Dana Grillo, today demanded to know where $3,000 that Rotondo got for appearing on Alex Jones's InfoWars was. Rotondo said he needed it to pay rent and get food.