Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Friday, December 1, 2000

CORNYN ANNOUNCES SENTENCING OF CHILD SUPPORT EVADER

Evader owes more than $60,000 in child support

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn announced the sentencing of child support evader, Roger Guest. Dallas County District Judge Pat McDowell sentenced Guest to the maximum sentence of two years confinement for felony non-support of three children. On July 2, 1999, Guest was placed on the Attorney General's Child Support Evader List for owing $60,901 in delinquent child support.

Guest was arrested January 11, 2000 in Corsicana for violating the terms of his probation and was returned to Dallas County. He had originally been placed on probation by Dallas County authorities in January 1995 for the criminal non-support of his children, but probation was revoked in April 1996. He also was wanted on an outstanding felony theft warrant in Denton County.

"If you owe child support, pay it. Because if you owe child support and do not pay, you are subject to arrest," said Attorney General Cornyn.

For a noncustodial parent to be placed on the Evader List, there must be a court-ordered obligation with delinquent support in excess of $5,000 and an arrest warrant issued. The location of the parent must be unknown and the parent must not have made any payments in the last six months. The parent must not be involved in bankruptcy proceedings or receiving welfare. To make information public, the custodial parent signs a confidentiality waiver and supplies a picture of the delinquent parent.

Evaders still on the wanted list (ranked according to child support owed):

  • Kenneth Thurman owes $57,400 for two children. Last address - Dime Box
  • Paul J. Mobley, aka J.P. or James, owes $33,565 for one child. Last address - Coupland
  • Marvin E. "Bubba" Suratt owes $22,027 for two children. Last address - Dallas
  • Harold W. Johnson owes $15,966 for two children. Last address - Dallas
  • Henry Dale Williamson owes $8,867 for one child. Last address - Jackson, Miss.

The Evader list is posted on Attorney General Cornyn's web site at www.oag.state.tx.us.

People with information about the Evaders should contact the Office of the Attorney General by calling the hotline -- 1-800-797-5437, by email -- childsupport@texasattorneygeneral.gov or by mail -- Texas Child Support Evaders, Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Division, P.O. Box 12017, Austin, TX 78711-2017. When a parent cannot comply with their court ordered child support obligations due to the loss of employment or other hardship, the parent should contact the Attorney General's office at 1-800-252-8014 to make other arrangements.

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