Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive



Friday, October 12, 2001

ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN CORNYN ANNOUNCES BEXAR COUNTY "DEADBEAT PARENT" ROUNDUP

53 Child Support Deadbeats Arrested

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn announced today the roundup of 53 Bexar County parents who are in violation of a court order requiring the payment of child support. Bexar County Sheriff Ralph Lopez began the roundup on Tuesday, Oct. 9th. Special Enforcement Operations investigators from the attorney general's Child Support Division supported the sheriff's office in the roundup.

"We will work with local law enforcement to strictly enforce the laws that require parents to pay child support," said Attorney General Cornyn.

Sheriff Lopez assigned teams of deputies from his office's Civil Warrant Division to arrest delinquent parents. The roundup, which ended on Thursday, Oct. 11th, resulted in the arrest of 53 parents delinquent in the payment of their court ordered child support. The parents are required to post bond or they will remain in county jail.

Bexar County roundups conducted in 1999 and 2000 resulted in the arrest of 215 deadbeat parents and the collection of $171,504 in past due child support.

Non-custodial parents can avoid arrest by paying child support in full and on time. When a parent can not comply due to the loss of employment or other hardship, the parent should contact the Office of the Attorney General at 1-800-252-8014 to make other arrangements.

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