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CSU professor arrested for contempt of court in custody dispute

It's not uncommon for custody fights to get contentious, particularly with public figures.

A well-known assistant agriculture professor at Colorado State University has been in a very public divorce and child custody battle. It got even more public this week when she was arrested for contempt of court.

According to the Denver Channel's website, the couple has two sons, and each parent has custody of one son. The woman says she has tried to encourage communication between her estranged husband and the son in her custody, but the husband says that's not the case.

In fact, he complained that she interfered with his ability to communicate with the son. He says she didn't provide him with a cell phone or an unmonitored email account.

That apparently was enough for the court. The 40-year-old woman was arrested and ordered to serve 90 days in jail by a Jefferson County District Court magistrate. However, she only ended up staying in jail for four days. She was reportedly released after paying her ex $1,700 the court had determined she owed.

The woman, who specializes in environmental management issues at CSU, says she was caught off guard when she was arrested. She says she has records proving she had her son call his father at least once per week.

However, the man's attorney says she is the "aggressor" in the custody dispute, according to the Denver Channel. Whatever the case, hopefully the couple is keeping the best interest of their children at heart.

Source: The Denver Channel, "CSU prof. jailed 4 days in custody battle," Alan Gathright, Aug. 22, 2011

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