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    Tarrant County Constables conducted a warrant round-up early Friday morning searching for parents who have violated court orders requiring them to pay child support. By 3 p.m., 22 delinquent parents were arrested and booked into Tarrant County Jail. Those arrested had a total arrearage of $407,523.

    This "Back to School" Warrant Round-Up was timed to prompt other parents to make their court-ordered payments before school starts.

    "Single mothers and fathers face a huge financial responsibility in providing the necessary school supplies and clothing for children to attend school and this warrant round-up is an opportunity for Tarrant Constables to aid in that effort", said Pct. 5 Constable Sergio L. De Leon.

    The Warrant Round-Up was state and local initiative coordinated through the Texas Attorney General's Child Support Division. Constables who participated in the roundup were Pct. 2 Constable R.J. McGinity; Pct. 3 Constable Zane Hilger; Pct. 4 Constable Dub Bransom; Pct. 5 Constable Sergio L. De Leon; Pct. 7 Constable Clint Burgess; and Pct. 8 Constable Chester Luckett.

    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 outstanding warrants can avoid the embarrassment of a future arrest at their home or place of business by turning themselves in to their local constable's office. Parents who have fallen behind, but are not yet subject to warrant for their arrest should contact the Attorney General's Child Support Division at 800-252-8014 to make payment arrangements.