BANGOR, Maine — A Massachusetts man who owes more than $50,000 in child support made his first appearance Tuesday in U.S. District Court.
Dennis E. Allain, 45, of Worcester, Mass., is charged with failure to pay child support obligations.
He was released on $5,000 unsecured bond.
Allain is not expected to enter a plea to the charge until after he has been indicted by a federal grand jury. When the grand jury convenes is secret.
The complaint against Allain was filed in federal court in July and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Those documents were sealed until he was arrested Thursday in Worcester. The circumstances surrounding his apprehension were not outlined in court documents.
Allain was ordered to pay child support to the mother of his son, who was born in November 1995, following a 1997 paternity hearing in Bangor District Court, according to the complaint filed in federal court. Allain paid a total of $461.
Allain and the child’s mother never married, the complaint said. She and the boy, now 16, live in Old Town.
The last time Allain made a payment was in March 1998, the complaint said. That payment was for $19. As of Oct. 17, 2011, Allain owed $57,641 in child support.
Repaying that money may prove difficult for Allain, according to the income he reported in the Massachusetts Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service for the years since he was ordered to pay child support. Allain’s income between 1997 and 2009 ranged from no income in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 to a high of $6,735. In the two years before his being ordered to pay child support, Allain earned $16,437 and $17,298, respectively.