Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Father at 15 Told to Pay [Pounds Sterling]55,000 Child Support Bill

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Father at 15 Told to Pay [Pounds Sterling]55,000 Child Support Bill

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Byline: PATRICK MCGOWAN

THE Child Support Agency is chasing a plumber for [pound]55,000 maintenance despite him being only 15 when the baby was fathered and the mother being twice his age.

John Walker, now 25, was stunned to receive the maintenance demand which could take a third of his income. He told The Sun that he was a virgin when the 30-year-old woman seduced him when he and his friends went to her house in Nottingham for a drink and a smoke.

"I thought the dream of every lad had come true. I lived out the fantasy of millions of schoolboys but this is a real-life nightmare," he said. "I could not believe my eyes when the letter from the CSA dropped telling me I had a son who needed paying for. I burst into tears. It was horrifying." He hadn't known he had fathered a child and when the woman became pregnant assumed it was by the man she later married.

"I was not involved in any of the decisions she took over her pregnancy but I am expected to pick up the bill," he said. …

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