A Sturtevant man is facing jail time and fines after Racine Unified officials say his child missed 20 days of school during the 2013-2014 school year.
Daniel Nelmark, 48, was charged Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court with three misdemeanor counts of child truancy, each representing at least five missed days of school. If convicted, he faces up to nine months in jail and/or up to $3,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint against him, Nelmark’s then 11-year-old child missed 20 days of school at Schulte Elementary in Sturtevant during the 2013-2014 school year. Despite district officials attempting repeatedly to work with Nelmark to make sure his child was attending school regularly, truancy remained an issue throughout the school year.
An original complaint was filed in November last year, but Nelmark didn’t show up for court. A warrant for his arrest was issued at the time and served earlier this year.
Carolyn Hillery Delery, Nelmark’s defense attorney, attempted to have the charges dismissed, but Rudebusch denied the motion and gave the defendant a $500 signature bond. He will next be in court July 30 for a pre-trial conference.
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