Child support demanded of US sperm donor

2014-01-23 10:29
William Marotta poses for a portrait in Topeka. (Jeff Davis, AP)

William Marotta poses for a portrait in Topeka. (Jeff Davis, AP)

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Topeka - A US judge has ruled that a man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple after responding to their online ad is the father of a child born to the women and must pay child support.

Shawnee County district court judge Mary Mattivi wrote on Wednesday that because a licensed physician was not involved in the artificial insemination process, William Marotta is more than a sperm donor and thus responsible for the child.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the Kansas department for children and families filed the case in October 2012 seeking to have the Topeka man declared the father of a girl born to Jennifer Schreiner in 2009.

Marotta argued that he didn't intend to be the child's father and signed a contract waiving his parental rights.

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