Judge: Sides settle in Sanford trespassing case

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      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Just a day after winning the 1st District congressional seat, Mark Sanford can breathe another sigh of relief as his trespassing case is settled.

      According to the Charleston County Family Court judge's office, both sides have come to an agreement and will not have to go to court.

      Mark Sanford's spokesman, Joel Sawyer, said there will be no further statement beyond the information contained in the settlement.

      The settlement includes a $5,000 payout for Jenny Sanford court fees that is due within 30 days. Sanford also admitted that he was in contempt for the most recent trespassing incident, as well as other instances when he went to his ex-wife's home without permission, court documents show.

      The settlement goes on to say that Sanford will be required to appear in court for sentencing if he violates the agreement in the future.

      Jenny Sanford filed a trespassing complaint against her former husband for entering her Sullivan's Island home in February to watch part of the Super Bowl with their youngest son when she wasn't at home.

      Congressman-elect Sanford has said that his ex-wife was out of town at the time and he had tried to reach her, but was unable. It was not until the former governor was leaving the home through the rear door that he and the former first lady met.

      The incident surfaced during the 1st District race and resulted in the National Republican Congressional Committee to pull funding from Sanford's campaign.

      According to the State Election Commission, Mark Sanford won every county in the 1st District winning him the title of congressman-elect.