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Richard Sullivan began sexually exploiting and abusing Jane Doe starting when Doe was approximately thirteen years old. When Doe was twenty years old, she gave birth to the parties’ daughter. Doe later filed a complaint for an order for protection from abuse, which the district court granted. Sullivan subsequently filed a complaint for a determination of paternity, parental rights and responsibilities, and child support obligations as to the child. The district court awarded sole parental rights and responsibilities to Doe with no rights of contact to Sullivan “at this time,” ordered that Sullivan may not have access to records and information about the child, and found that Sullivan owed Doe $38,019 in past child support. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the district court did not err in finding that Sullivan posed a significant risk to minors, did not abuse its discretion in denying Sullivan rights of contact and access to the child’s records, and did not err in determining the amount of child support arrearages Sullivan owed Doe.