This is quite interesting, as a member of law enforcement, a Dallas Deputy Sherrif was recently sent to jail for four hours due to his failure to pay his child support obligation.
Deputy Lonnie Burgess, who was hired in 2008, was booked in jail and released on April 4, 2011. Indeed, the Sheriff’s Department has been trying to police its own employees, having recently discovered that some of them had active warrants or owed the county money in unpaid fines.
Dallas court records show Burgess filed for divorce against his wife, Deborah, in a Dallas County family court in 2007. Said divorce was finalized in 2008. Additionally, the court docket indicates Deputy Burgess has had problems due to his failure to pay child support several times in the past. Due to said failure to pay child support, a judge has entered previous contempt orders against him. The ex-wife, Deborah Burgess, claimed in court documents that in September of last year, her husband owed more than $15,000 in back child support for the couple’s three children.
Further, records indicate that on April 4, the judge issued a warrant for Deputy Lonnie Burgess’ arrest after holding him in contempt.
The Texas Attorney General, which enforces payment of child support, has filed documents with the court requesting that Dallas County withhold money from Deputy Burgess’ paychecks. This is fairly common in proceedings here in Orange County or Los Angeles County. If a payor refuses to pay his child support obligation, a wage assignment may be issued.
Deputy Burgess was ordered to pay $1,500 per month in child support. Let’s hope he keeps up with his payments either through voluntarily paying or through the wage assignment. Either way, sending a payor to jail for wilful failure to pay child support is a sign that the Courts will not take one’s failure to pay lightly. if you have children, pay your dues accordingly.