Tom Padgett's Child Custody Case
The Madisonville Messenger 26 January 1999
The Madisonville Messenger, Tuesday, January, 26, 1999. Page A4 Padgett told to stop faxes blaming Scientology By GARTH GAMBLIN Messenger Staff Writer Thomas Padgett's three-year sentence for flagrant non-support of his minor children was diverted last week for five years in Hopkins Circuit Court. Padgett of South Orleans, was granted the diversion on condition he make monthly child support payments, his $10,000 bond be applied to arrearage and that once his remaining arrearage is determined, he make monthly payments toward it. In addition to those conditions, Hopkins Circuit Judge Charles Boteler ordered Padgett not to fax any more Scientology material to his office, the clerk's office, the Commonwealth Attorney's office or any witness in his criminal or civil case. Boteler also ordered Padgett to stay in contact with the probation and parole office and to provide proof that he is making child support payments. "If you have a motion, your attorney can file it, " Boteler said. "If you don't have an attorney, you may file it with any information pertinent to that motion. But it's not to be anything about Scientology." Padgett's attorney objected on the grounds his client's constitutional rights were violated. "He is free to tell or send The Messenger, the TV stations anything. He can even go on the Internet. But the Constitution does not guarantee him the right to fire up people's fax machines. Padgett has been in a bitter divorce with his ex-wife for more than two years. He contends his ex-wife's belief in Scientology is a detriment to their two children, oldest of which is now 18. Boteler ruled more than a year ago Padgett had failed to prove that claim. The ruling was affirmed by the Kentucky Court of Appeals. The day after his sentence was diverted, Padgett collapsed in a Madisonville restaurant. He was transported to Regional Medial Center where he was released three days ago.
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