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Gregg County child support sweep nets 23 arrests

By Ellen Goodacre
Oct. 27, 2015 at 5:34 p.m.
Updated Oct. 27, 2015 at 5:34 p.m.


The Gregg County Sheriff’s Office, working with other area law enforcement agencies, arrested 23 parents Tuesday accused of failing to pay child support as part of a county-wide sweep.

The operation was an effort to find about 50 Gregg County residents who owed a combined amount of child support that totaled $1.145 million.

“It is important that parents follow court orders and provide support necessary for the care of their children,” said Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano. “This is another example of how law enforcement agencies partner together to achieve results. Together, we remain committed to partner our enforcement efforts, and we remain committed to protect our communities.”

The sweep was a multi-agency operation involving Gregg County sheriff’s deputies, Longview, Kilgore, White Oak, Gladewater and Lakeport police and child support division investigators.

After a 5 a.m. briefing, seven teams dispatched across the county to arrest noncompliant parents before they left their homes for the day.

Those arrested face up to six months in jail.

The names of the men arrested released by the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office along with amounts owed were:

  • Armando Flores Jr., $4,231.24
  • Derrick Franklin, $20,994.19
  • Ignacio Cervantes, $3,123.16
  • Quincy Lawson, $7,665.42
  • Harold Palmer, $77,498.67
  • Donald Pratt, $11,170.77
  • Michael Colbert, $43,496.28
  • Aaron Cardino, $8,192.61
  • Randy Holt, $39,653.49
  • Oscar Bland, $18,952
  • Billy Brutchin, $36,352.24
  • Brandon Williams, $11,104.14
  • Leroy Riggins, $26,143.68
  • Jamie Lee Powell, $8,565.41
  • Eric Jamal Sheppard, $63,081.11
  • James E. Miers, $51,891.96
  • LC Harper, $25,093.24
  • Robert Pierce, $87,605.74
  • Dellron Keith Rose, $25,962.95
  • James McKinley, $61,685.68
  • Heath Emillio, $533.67
  • Pete Balboa Jr., $26,691.68
  • Anthony Coburn, $30,678.42

“We wish parents would voluntarily provide for their children and follow court orders,” Charles “Chip” Arnold, Child Support Division regional administrator for the Eastern region of Texas, said in a statement. “However, when they do not, we collaborate with our law enforcement partners to hold parents accountable. This child support roundup will make a positive difference in the lives of children and East Texas families.”

The Gregg County Sheriff’s Office will continue attempting to find the 27 parents not arrested Tuesday. Anyone with child support warrants is encouraged to contact the state Attorney General’s Office.

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