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Two Township Men Caught In County Sheriff’s Non-Support Sweep

Two township men were among 31 people rounded up by the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office in a three-day sweep of alleged deadbeat parents.

Jesse Sutton, 57, and Charles Burney, 56, were among the men and women arrested in the roundup, which was carried out from April 4 to April 6.

Sutton, who the Sheriff’s Office said was $69,338.28 in arrears on his child support, owed the most of all the parents caught in the raids.

Burney had two warrants against him, owing $9,647.22 on one and $3,032.46 on the other.

Both Sutton and Burney were arrested on April 6, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office.

More than 34 Sheriff’s Officers were involved in the operation, according to the press release.

“This operation was conducted to remind parents of the importance of making regular child support payments and hopefully renew their commitment to doing the right thing,” Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano said in the release. “Child support is a safety net for many Somerset County families. Children depend on child support for their basic needs such as food, shelter, healthcare and clothing. Conducting these roundups gives us the ability to better serve children and families with the financial support they need and deserve.”

“The statistics show the roundup was a great success,” Provenzano said in the release. “What we don’t see is how many delinquent parents pay up once they know we are looking for them. Knowing that they face possible arrest encourages a delinquent parent to uphold their obligations or face incarceration. It creates a compounding effect of payments that lasts weeks after the roundup.”

 

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