Alameda County court orders child support payments to be paid by new bank account

ALAMEDA COUNTY — Alameda County Judge Mary Ann M. Harkness has ordered payments to child support enforcement agencies to be deposited into an account at a new bank, the Alameda Police Department said Monday.

The payment is required by the Almonta County Court of Appeal to support the county’s ongoing criminal case against former Chief Deputy Sheriff John S. Satterfield and former Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Ritchie, the department said in a statement.

Chief Deputy Satterfeld and Chief Criminal Criminal Deputy Ritchie have been ordered to pay more than $10,000 in child support and other amounts in court proceedings and to be financially responsible for child support for a total of $1,868,000, according to the statement.

The money is to be used for legal fees and for other legal matters, the statement said.

“I ask that you use this money to help pay for the expenses of the court process, including legal fees for Chief Deputy Saperfield and Chief Deputy Ritter,” the statement continued.

Ritchie was charged in August with child endangerment for failing to pay child support.

His trial is set for Oct. 31.

Chief Deputy Ritchison, who is still on paid administrative leave, has been ordered by the court to pay $1.4 million in child supports, according the statement, which was obtained by The Associated Press.