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October 13th, 2010
Constables nab 10 in child support sweep

STAFF REPORT

Hays County constables have arrested 10 Hays County parents this week in a sweep of parents who have neglected to make court-ordered child support payments.

The sweep is taking place in conjunction with the child support division within the Texas Attorney General’s office (AG). Constables who participated in this week’s initiative are: Precinct 1 Constable David Peterson (D-San Marcos), Precinct 3 Constable Darrell Ayers (R-Wimberley), Precinct 4 Constable Ron Hood (R-Dripping Springs) and Precinct 5 Constable Matt Mancillas (R-Buda).

Caldwell County Constables Margarito Zapata and Art Villareal aided the effort by searching for parents located in Caldwell County who have Hays County warrants.

“Parents have a moral and legal obligation to make regular child support payments,” Attorney General Greg Abbott said. “By collecting child support, we are ensuring young Texans have the resources they need to grow healthy and strong.”

The AG’s office said the sweep began at 4 a.m. Monday, when Peterson dispatched eight teams of law enforcement officers to arrest the noncompliant parents before they had a chance to leave their homes for the day. Child support division investigators aided the constables by providing logistical assistance 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.

The AG’s office said parents who have outstanding warrants can avoid arrest by contacting Peterson at (512) 393-7730. Parents who have fallen behind on their child support payments – but are not subject to warrants for their arrest – are advised by the AG to contact the AG’s Child Support Division at (800) 252-8014 to make payment arrangements.

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