Friday, May 18, 2012
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office arrested Coy yesterday after following up on a lead from an investigator with the Attorney General’s Child Support Division, who uncovered the identity and location of Coy’s current girlfriend. Sheriff’s Office investigators, who are also deputy U.S. Marshals, arrested Coy in Richmond, Texas, after he drove his girlfriend to work. Coy is being held in the Jefferson County Jail on a $100,000 bond.
In 1997, Coy was ordered to pay $500 per month for his children’s care and support. After Coy repeatedly violated the child support order, the Attorney General’s Child Support Division referred the case to District Attorney Maness for criminal prosecution.
A felony 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.