Sanfords settle trespassing complaint

gsmith@islandpacket.comMay 8, 2013 

In this file photo, Gov. Mark Sanford speaks to the Beaufort Rotary Club at St. Peter Catholic Church on Lady's Island.

BOB SOFALY , THE BEAUFORT GAZETTE

Congressman-elect Mark Sanford and former S.C. first lady Jenny Sanford will not appear in Family Court today after reaching an out-of-court settlement related to trespassing allegations.

Mark Sanford, who won Tuesday's 1st Congressional District race, admitted "that he is in contempt for this and previous instances of trespassing upon Plaintiff's property," according to court documents filed Wednesday in Charleston.

Family Court Judge Jocelyn Cate ordered him to pay $5,000 toward his former wife's fees and costs associated with the case.

And should there be a future violation of the court's order, Jenny Sanford "shall be allowed to introduce evidence of (Mark Sanford's) past violations for the purpose of establishing a pattern of conduct."

Jenny Sanford had claimed in court documents that she confronted her ex-husband leaving her Sullivan's Island home Feb. 3, using his cellphone for a flashlight. Her attorney filed a complaint the next day. The couple's divorce settlement says neither can enter the other's home without permission.

Mark Sanford said he had entered the home to watch the second half of the Super Bowl with the couple's 14-year-old son.

Jenny Sanford had warned him about coming to her home in the past and demanded he stop -- her attorney sent a letter to the ex-governor and police, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

Jenny Sanford also filed a complaint against her ex-husband for failing to make his $5,000 yearly contribution for one of their son's college education costs. That issue has been resolved, Jenny Sanford has said.

A spokesman for Mark Sanford declined to comment on the settlement Wednesday. Efforts to reach Jenny Sanford were unsuccessful.

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