POSTED: Monday, November 25, 2013 - 10:42am
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 3:08pm
Operation “Endeavor Nighthawk” results in 152 arrests
MCALLEN, TX — Sheriffs from five South Texas counties launched a joint operation last week that led to the arrest of 152 area parents who violated court orders requiring them to pay child support. All parents arrested in last week’s roundup were the subjects of arrest warrants because of their failure to pay child support. Investigators with the Attorney General’s Child Support Division assisted the sheriffs by providing logistical assistance to locate missing parents.
“Parents have a moral and legal obligation to make regular child support payments,” Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said. “By collecting child support, we are ensuring young Texans have the resources they need to grow healthy and strong. We are grateful to Sheriff Omar Lucio, Sheriff Lupe Trevino, Sheriff Martin Cuellar, Sheriff Rene Fuentes and Sheriff Larry Spence for their unfailing commitment to Texas children.”
Last week’s operation – dubbed “Endeavor Nighthawk” – covered Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, Webb and Willacy counties. The operation kicked off at 5 a.m. Monday and ended Friday. Sheriffs’ deputies spanned the five-county area to track down parents who were wanted for contempt of court because of their failure to pay child support.
Last week’s efforts resulted in the arrest of 152 parents whose failure to support their children violated the law.
Arrests by County
Delinquent parents arrested on civil warrants face up to six months in jail. Cash bonds posted by delinquent parents seeking release from jail are paid to the custodial parents and children who are owed back child support.
Parents who have fallen behind on their child support payments – but are not subject to warrants for their arrest – should immediately contact the Attorney General’s Child Support Division at (800) 252-8014 to make payment arrangements.
Under state and federal law, the Office of the Attorney General can assist families who request child support services and must serve families who currently receive or have received public assistance. Services offered by the Child Support Division include locating absent parents; establishing paternity for children born to unmarried parents; establishing, enforcing, and modifying child and medical support orders; and collecting and distributing child support payments.
Statewide, child support collected by the Office of the Attorney General exceeded $3.6 billion for the state fiscal year that ended Aug. 31, 2013. Child support offices in the five-county area collected $107 million of that amount.