Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive
Saturday, February 3, 2001
CORNYN ANNOUNCES ARREST OF CHILD SUPPORT EVADER
Henry Lee Towers, Jr. arrested in Fairborn, Ohio
AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced the arrest of Child Support Evader Henry Lee Towers, Jr., formerly of Dallas, who owes $26,939 in child support for his son in Paris, Texas. Towers' case is the first to be resolved since the Attorney General announced his most recent list of the ten most wanted Child Support Evaders on January 31, 2001.
"We have now brought to justice the fifteenth Child Support Evader since I took office. My office will continue working with law enforcement officials to send the message to all dead beat parents that we are committed to finding them and to making them live up to their responsibilities, or suffer the consequences," Attorney General Cornyn said.
Towers was arrested last night in the Dayton, Ohio suburb of Fairborn by officers from the Fairborn Police Department.
On January 31, Attorney General Cornyn announced that Henry Lee Towers, Jr. had been placed on the top ten most wanted list of Texas Child Support Evaders and asked the public to provide information concerning the whereabouts of Towers and the other nine Evaders. Shortly after the announcement, the Office of the Attorney General received an anonymous tip which led to Towers' arrest.
Towers is currently being held without bond in Fairborn, Ohio. He has waived his right to an extradition hearing and will be returned to Paris, Texas to face 61 counts of failing to pay child support - one count for each failure to make his monthly child support payment. Towers could face up to six months in jail for each count.
For a noncustodial parent to be placed on the Evader page, there must be a court-ordered obligation with delinquent support in excess of $5,000 and an arrest warrant issued. The location of parent must be unknown and the parent has not made any payments in the last 6 months. The parent must not be involved in bankruptcy proceedings or receiving welfare benefits. To make information public, the custodial parent must sign a confidentiality waiver and supply a picture of the delinquent parent.
Evaders - with estimated arrears as of January 31, 2001 and last known address:
Ollie Lynn Little owes $131,848 for one child in Midland, Texas.
Jerry Don Posey owes $86,174 for two children in Canyon Lake, Texas.
Randy Wayne Gomez owes $41,881 for six children in Hereford, Texas.
Frank O. Martinez owes $40,676 for one child in El Paso, Texas.
Marvin Branch owes $38,403 for one child in Amarillo, Texas.
Roy Rene Villareal owes $33,829 for two children in El Paso, Texas.
Jesse Olguin owes $33,660 for two children in Lubbock, Texas.
Marcus Glen Smith owes $26,167 for one child in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Shawn E. Williamson owes $11,414 for two children in El Paso, Texas.
Fifteen Evaders have been arrested since Attorney General Cornyn's first top ten most wanted Child Support Evader announcement in July 1999, including recent arrests in Las Vegas, Nevada; Seattle, Washington and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
People with information about the Evaders should contact the Office of the Attorney General by calling the hotline 1-800-797-5437, emailing email@example.com or by writing Texas Child Support Evaders, Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Division, P.O. Box 12017, Austin Texas, 78711-2017.
Photos of the Evaders are available on the Attorney General's web site: www.oag.state.tx.us/child/wanted/poster.pdf
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Contact: Mark Heckmann, Tom Kelley, Jane Dees or Matt Winslow at (512) 463-2050.
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