Bellows Falls man sentenced for failing to pay child support


BRATTLEBORO -- A Bellows Falls man was sentenced to two months in federal prison and ordered to pay nearly $101,000 in restitution for failure to pay court-ordered child support.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Vermont, Lee Godden, 36, was ordered to make the payment to the mothers of his two children, both of whom live in Connecticut.

In May, Godden pleaded guilty to two counts of failure to pay court-ordered child support. He was sentenced in October, in the middle of the government shutdown, and the U.S. Attorney's Office sent out the press release on Godden on Nov. 6.

When he is released from prison, Godden will have to serve a one-year term of supervised release. He was ordered to pay $50,771 to one woman and $50,131 to a second, for failure to pay child support since 2004. When he is released from prison, said Assistant U. S. Attorney Barbara A. Masterson, his probation officer will set up a schedule of repayment.

The U.S. Attorney's Office was assisted by the Office of Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services.

Godden was represented by U.S. Federal Defender's Office.


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