The publicizing of child support violations can be detrimental to the standing of an individual in society and can severely limit their prospects. Men may not be looked at in the same way if that private matter is made public, regardless of the validity of the claim.

A candidate for selectman in Harwinton, Connecticut, was cleared of failure to pay child support charges, as Jon A. Truskauskas paid $3,735 to the court after allegedly not knowing the payment was due, according to the Waterbury Republican-American.

“If I had known, I would have done something about it immediately,” Truskauskas told the news source. “After I was told about it, I checked the judicial website and went to the court myself to resolve this. I am 100 percent compliant, all paid up through mid-February.”

The candidate also noted that his situation shouldn’t be publicized and it was a personal attack against him, despite claims from other members of the board of his being a good father, reported the Republican-American.

The Register Citizen reported that his campaign signs were also vandalized.

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