Ken Paxton

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Tarrant County Constable's Office Arrests Child Support Evader Brent King

GRAND PRAIRIE A deputy constable for Tarrant County Pct. 7 Constable Clint Burgess this morning arrested Child Support Evader Brent King for failing to support his 14-year-old son. King, 39, owes more than $44,000 in unpaid child support. King faces prosecution on felony criminal nonsupport charges in Parker County, where his son lives. Parker County District Attorney Donald Schnebly’s office will prosecute the criminal nonsupport case.

Today’s arrest reflects a concerted, coordinated effort to locate one of the state’s most wanted Child Support Evaders, said Attorney General Abbott. Despite a court order to pay child support, the defendant ignored his legal and moral responsibility to support his child. We are grateful to Constable Burgess and District Attorney Schnebly for their hard work on this case and their commitment to Texas children.

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Investigators with the Attorney General’s Child Support Division traced King to a relative’s address after receiving information that he might be staying there. The state’s investigators staked out the residence this morning and contacted Deputy Constable Doug Garnett to make the arrest.

King is being held in the Tarrant County Jail in Fort Worth, while he awaits transfer to Parker County to face the criminal charges.

In 1998, King was ordered to pay $302 per month for his child’s care. After repeated violations of the civil court order, an investigator from the Attorney General’s Child Support Division presented the case to Parker County for criminal prosecution. Due to missed payments and interest that accrues on the past due balance, King now owes more than $44,000 for the care of this child.

A criminal nonsupport conviction carries a penalty of up to two years in a state jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

The Child Support Division of the Attorney General’s office is responsible for establishing and enforcing civil child support orders. Attorney General Abbott fosters cooperation between his office and local prosecutors, who have the ability to pursue criminal penalties against parents who have the financial capacity to care for their children, yet steadfastly refuse to make court-ordered child support payments.