Investigator helps track down deadbeat parents

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Efforts to track down parents who are behind on their child support are paying off in Johnson County.

Prosecutor Brad Cooper has hired a former sheriff's deputy to find those in arrears. Investigator Troy DeHart has helped police find and arrest 33 people since April.

The Daily Journal reports the money from bonds the parents pay to get out of jail goes directly toward child support.

Deputy Prosecutor Lori Prince says Johnson County parents owe more than $18.2 million in child support. The average overdue balance per parent is more than $4,500.

Prince says the prosecutor's office also is checking up on parents to make sure they are paying on time.

At the end of June, the prosecutor's office had collected about $3.6 million in back child support.

Information from: Daily Journal 

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