Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive



Thursday, November 29, 2001

ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN CORNYN ANNOUNCES ARREST OF CHILD SUPPORT EVADER

William Ben Hendrick Arrested in Montgomery County

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced the arrest of Child Support Evader William Ben Hendrick of Porter, Texas, who owes $58,207 in child support for his son who lives with the mother in Kountze, TX.

"I want to thank members of the law enforcement community for helping us locate one of the worst Child Support Evaders in Texas. We will continue working with law enforcement officials to notify dead beat parents that we are committed to finding them and to making them live up to their responsibilities, or suffer the consequences," Attorney General Cornyn said.

Hendrick was returned to Hardin County this week by Sheriff Ed Cain to face pending civil and criminal charges. Hendrick remains in the Hardin County jail on bonds totaling $105,000. Hendrick faces up to two years imprisonment in the state jail and a fine of up to $10,000 for each count of criminal nonsupport. He faces an additional 180 days in jail on civil contempt of court charges for violating the court's order to pay child support.

Hendrick was arrested on Nov. 21 in Montgomery County on a felony warrant for criminal nonsupport of a child. Special Enforcement investigators from the Attorney General's Child Support Division conducted the initial investigation leading to Hendrick's arrest. The results were turned over to Hardin County District Attorney Charlie Roach for further investigation and presentation to the grand jury. Hendrick was indicted on a felony charge of criminal nonsupport and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Hendrick also had an outstanding civil warrant for violating a court order requiring the payment of child support.

Hendrick was named to General Cornyn's top ten list of most wanted Child Support Evaders on April 10, 2001. For a noncustodial parent to be placed on the list, there must be a court-ordered obligation with delinquent support in excess of $5,000 and an arrest warrant issued. The parent's location is unknown and the parent has not made any payments in the last six months. The parent must not be involved in bankruptcy proceedings or receiving welfare benefits. To make information public, the custodial parent must sign a confidentiality waiver and supply a picture of the delinquent parent.

Of the 42 Evaders named by the Attorney General since July 1999, 29 have been arrested or have surrendered to authorities, including recent arrests in Las Vegas, Nevada; Seattle, Washington and Clinton, Montana. Photos of the Evaders are available on the Attorney General's web site: www.oag.state.tx.us/child/cs_evaders.html

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