Accused meth maker in court over child support
SUNBURY - A man arrested for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine in a Coal Township home Monday appeared before a county judge Friday to answer for the $32,734.43 he owes in back child support.
Thomas M. Reddinger, 31, of 1012 W. Spruce St., appeared before Judge Charles Saylor on a bench warrant that had been issued May 16.
He failed to make his scheduled child support payments since Dec. 26, when he paid $15.18 of the $270 he owed per month.
He has been incarcerated in Northumberland County prison since he was arraigned Tuesday for 13 felonies, including four counts of manufacturing meth with children under the age of 18 in the home. It is unknown if one of those four children is Reddinger's son, for whom the child support payments are owed.
Reddinger told Saylor he is behind in payments because he has been incarcerated. He said he was just released from the State Correctional Institution at Rockview April 19 and being in prison made it difficult for him to make child support payments.
"I maxed out (of prison for serving full time) and I was basically homeless, trying to find a place to stay," said Reddinger.
Reddinger said he attempted to find a job but couldn't due to his "bad back," and that during his time out of prison, he spent time with his son.
He asked Saylor to grant leniency due to the jail time he is now facing.
"I'm looking at a lot of time now for my stupid ideas," said Reddinger. "I'm looking to have my arrears adjusted."
Saylor said Reddinger must report to the court whenever he is released from prison or he will receive an additional 60 days in prison.