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Massillon woman denies child support violation

Published: April 22, 2017 5:00 AM

MILLERSBURG -- A Massillon woman on Thursday denied she failed to pay court-ordered support for her child over the course of more than a year.

Melanie A. Specht, 37, of 430 Amvale Ave. NE, pleaded not guilty in Holmes County Common Pleas Court to two counts of non-support of dependents. Both charges are fifth-degree felonies, punishable by up to one year in prison each.

The charges stem from allegations Spect failed to meet her court-ordered obligation over a period of time spanning from June 2013 to October 2014. The child is now 8 years old.

Specht, free on her own recognizance, is next scheduled to appear in court for a June 15 pretrial conference. A jury trial is scheduled for July 17.


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