Weekly AG Newspaper Columns
Child Support Evader: Randy Gearty
CHILD SUPPORT EVADER
Last Address: Helotes, TX
Occupation: Outdoor Tour Guide & Sales
Height: 6' 1"
Color of Eyes: Blue
Color of Hair: Brown
Attorney General Greg Abbott needs your help to find Child Support Evader Randy Gearty, one of the Most Wanted Child Support Evaders in Texas. Gearty, who was named a Child Support Evader in January 2004, owes $17,283 for the care of an 11-year-old son. Gearty has gone underground to elude officials and willfully avoid arrest.
When Gearty and his child's mother divorced in 1999, he was ordered to pay $200 a month in child support. He did not make a single child support payment. In September 2000, a Bexar County judge ruled that Gearty owed $3,725 in unpaid child support. The judge raised Gearty's payments from $200 to $275 a month, and instructed him to make two additional payments totaling $1,500 by October 26, 2000, when the negligent father was to appear at a court hearing to monitor his compliance with the child support order. An arrest warrant was issued when Gearty did not appear at the hearing. Due to missed payments and interest that accrues on unpaid child support, Gearty now owes more than $17,000 in unpaid child support.
Gearty may be hiding in or around Helotes, located outside of San Antonio in northwestern Bexar County. He is most likely working for cash to avoid garnishment of wages to pay child support. Contact the Attorney General's Office at 1-866-EVADERS (382-3377) to report information that may lead to the arrest of Randy Gearty.
The Child Support Evaders on the most wanted list are being singled out because they have the ability to take responsibility
for their children, but refuse to do so. Incarceration is the only option for parents who flagrantly ignore a court's order
to pay child support. The Attorney General's Office helps parents who lack the ability to pay child support by referring
them to job training and employment services.
Visit the agency's Web site www.oag.state.tx.us to find out about other Child Support Evaders, and to obtain information
about the Attorney General's Child Support Division.
POINTS TO REMEMBER
CHILD SUPPORT EVADERS
• Criteria for a parent to be named a Most Wanted Child Support Evader:
• Court-ordered delinquent support must be in excess of $5,000
• Arrest warrant must have been issued for non-support
• Location of non-custodial parent is unknown
• Parent has not made any payments in the last six months
• Non-custodial parent must not be involved in bankruptcy proceedings
• Non-custodial parent must not be receiving welfare benefits
Because we must make Child Support information public, the custodial parent must sign a confidentiality waiver.