Settlement reached in Mark Sanford trespassing case

SULLIVAN'S ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - A settlement has been reached in the trespassing case against Congressman-elect Mark Sanford.

On Wednesday afternoon, court officials announced that Sanford and ex-wife Jenny Sanford agreed to avoid a court hearing on Thursday and settle the matter between them.

Sanford is accused of trespassing on his ex-wife's home on Sullivan's Island on Super Bowl Sunday. The settlement states that Sanford admits to being in contempt of the divorce decree then and on previous occasions.

The judge agreed to withhold sentencing Sanford as long as he complies with the provision in their divorce settlement that he not enter his ex-wife's Sullivans Island, S.C., home without her permission.

Sanford also agreed to pay her $5,000 in fees and court costs.

Sanford, who won his old seat in South Carolina's 1st District seat on Tuesday, has said he was at Jenny Sanford's home on Feb. 3 so their youngest son would not have to watch the Super Bowl alone.

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