LONGVIEW Gregg County Sherriff’s Department and Longview Police Department led a child support roundup that started on Monday, March 11, 2019. They arrested 6 Gregg County parents who violated court orders requiring them to pay child support. The sweep was conducted in conjunction with the Texas Attorney General’s Child Support Division.

“It is the fundamental and moral responsibility of every parent to provide for their children,” Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “I commend everyone involved in holding those who attempt to evade child support accountable. Their efforts help ensure better care, better lives, and brighter futures for Texas children.”

The dedicated men and women of the Gregg County Sheriff’s Department and Longview Police Department worked tirelessly to track down parents who are wanted for contempt of court because of their refusal to pay child support. They dispatched a total of six teams of law enforcement officers to locate and arrest the noncompliant parents before they had a chance to leave their homes for the day. Child Support Division investigators from the Attorney General’s Office assisted in the effort by providing logistical assistance and helping to locate missing parents.

Delinquent parents arrested on civil warrants face up to six months in jail. Cash bonds posted by delinquent parents seeking release from jail are paid to the custodial parents and children who are owed back child support.

Parents who have fallen behind on their child support payments – but are not subject to warrants for their arrest – should immediately contact the Attorney General’s Child Support Division at (800) 252-8014 to make payment arrangements.