Nacogdoches Sheriff's Office arrests alleged deadbeat dad

Dean Greer mug shot courtesy of Texas Attorney General's Office
Dean Greer mug shot courtesy of Texas Attorney General's Office

NACOGDOCHES, TX (Press release) - A sergeant with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office arrested Child Support Evader Dean Greer on Sunday for failing to pay court-ordered child support. Greer, 53, owes more than $40,000 for the care of a daughter, now 20.

"This 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, this evader ignored his legal and moral responsibility to support his child. We are grateful to Nacogdoches County Sheriff Thomas Kerss for his hard work on this case and his commitment to Texas children."

Sgt. Gary Channel and Deputy Tony Gatewood arrested Greer Sunday afternoon at a residence south of Nacogdoches, based on information from an investigator with the Attorney General's Child Support Division. He is being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail on a civil warrant for failing to pay child support. He faces up to six months in jail on the charge.

In 1990, Greer was ordered to pay $120 per month for his child's care. Greer, who had the ability to make his payments, did not follow the court's order to support his daughter financially. An arrest warrant was issued after Greer failed to appear at a September 2007 enforcement hearing. Due to missed payments and interest that accrues on the past due balance, Greer now owes more than $40,000 for the care of this child.

Texas law requires the Office of the Attorney General to publicly identify certain parents who are delinquent in the payment of child support. The Child Support Evaders are selected because they have the ability to take responsibility for their children but refuse to do so. Incarceration is the only option for parents who repeatedly ignore court orders to pay child support. The Attorney General's Office helps parents who lack the ability to pay child support by referring them to job training and employment services.