Thursday, October 15, 2009
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.