Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive


Friday, August 10, 2001

CORNYN AND EARLE ANNOUNCE DEAD BEAT INDICTMENT

Parent of two Travis County children indicted for failing to pay child support

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn and Travis County District Attorney Ronald Earle announced today the indictment of professional baseball player Troy Neel for failure to pay child support. The total amount of delinquent child support owed by Neel is $188,863.41.

Commenting on the indictment handed down by a Travis County Grand Jury, Attorney General Cornyn said, "This parent has a demonstrated ability to pay, but cold-heartedly turned his back on his own children. My office will continue to work with local prosecutors to locate and arrest parents ignoring their moral and legal obligations to support their own children."

The initial investigation was conducted by special enforcement investigators from the Attorney General's child support division. The results were turned over to District Attorney Earle's family justice division for further investigation and presentation to the grand jury. Parents convicted of criminal nonsupport face up to two years imprisonment in the state jail and a fine of up to $10,000 for each count.

"Personal responsibility begins with our children," District Attorney Earle stated on Friday.

Neel, whose two children live in Travis County, played football at Texas A&M University from 1984-1985. Neal later played professional baseball for the Oakland A's from 1992-1994, and then played in Japan for the Orix Blue Wave. Neel's current whereabouts are unknown.

Attorney General Cornyn differentiates between "dead beat" and "dead broke" parents. Non-custodial parents lacking the means to earn a living and pay child support are "dead broke". The Office of the Attorney General will refer cooperative "dead broke" parents to job training and employment referral programs. "Dead beat" parents have the financial resources to take responsibility for their children, but refuse to do so.

Referring to the "dead beats," Attorney General Cornyn stated, "These people are morally bankrupt, not financially bankrupt".

The Office of the Attorney General vigorously pursues parents violating court orders to pay child support. Travis County residents with information about delinquent noncustodial parents or other child support issues should contact the Office of the Attorney General by phone (512-514-7000) or email (childsupport@texasattorneygeneral.gov).

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