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Officials arrest six Gregg County parents in child-support sweep

From Staff Reports
March 27, 2012 at 7:46 a.m.


Gregg County Sheriff's officials arrested six parents Tuesday morning during a child support roundup.

Multiple organizations participated in the sweep focused on parents wanted by authorities for failing to pay court-ordered child support, according to a release by Attorney General of Texas Greg Abbott.

After a 4:30 a.m. briefing, Sheriff Maxey Cerliano dispatched officers to find and arrest the noncompliant parents, the release said.

The Longview and Kilgore police departments also participated in the effort. Child Support Division investigators provided information to help locate missing parents.

"Parents have a moral and legal obligation to make regular child support payments," Attorney General Abbott said. "We are grateful to Sheriff Maxey Cerliano, Longview Police Chief Don Dingler and Kilgore Police Chief Todd Hunter for their unfailing commitment to Texas children."

Child support investigators also had roundups in Orange and Van Zandt counties totaling 24 arrests for the day.

.The Longview child support office, which covers Gregg and five surrounding counties, has collected $46.8 million of more than $3 billion in child support for the state fiscal year that ended Aug. 31, 2011.

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