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I-Team: State police round up deadbeat parents

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Thirty deadbeat parents were arrested early Wednesday morning in a sting coordinated by the Rhode Island State Police, the Rhode Island Division of Sheriffs, and the U.S. Marshals Service.

Twenty-six of those cuffed had outstanding body attachments, essentially Family Court orders in which a parent failed to show up or failed to pay their share of child support.

"Whenever we go out on a warrant, we never know what to expect on the other side of the door," said Rhode Island State Police Maj. Todd Catlow.

In all, the suspects owe $367,724 in child support payments. One deadbeat parent owes as much as $37,760, according to state police.

"To be quite honest with you, if I find an individual with a bank account with $50,000 in it, I'm going to take that bank account. I'm not going to refer that case to the U.S. attorney," said Sharon Santilli, director of Rhode Island's Office of Child Support Services, during a July interview with the I-Team.

Santilli told the I-Team her agency would prefer to suspend a deadbeat parent's drivers' license or take a tax refund. Santilli said jail or court doesn't necessarily help a family put food on the table but sometimes it's necessary.

In July, the I-Team reported that about 1,200 body attachments had piled up and little had been done about serving them because the Sheriffs Apprehension Unit had disbanded nearly two years prior. Newly appointed Chief Sheriff David DeCesare said he hoped to get the unit back up and running.

Reached by phone, Santilli said she was very pleased with Wednesday's sting.

"It sends a message that folks better show up to court and be responsible or there will be consequences," she said.

Santilli said more arrests or voluntary surrenders are a possibility.

One man, 45-year-old Geraldo Rivera of Providence, was arrested on a Superior Court bench warrant, a District Court bench warrant, and a fugitive from justice charge after walking away from a halfway house in Connecticut.

"Certainly, it's a sad circumstance when we have to arrest people for not paying their child support," Catlow said.

Rhode Island State Police reported the following arrests:

Name

Warrant

1.) Kevin Debrito, age 27, of Pawtucket

Reciprocal Body Attachment; District Court Bench Warrant

2.) Edwin Adames, age 39, of Providence

Reciprocal Body Attachment

3.) Garry Muzac, age 28, of Providence

Reciprocal Body Attachment; District Court Bench Warrant

4.) Samantha Boillard, age 28, of East Providence

Reciprocal Body Attachment

5.) Rodney Gonsalves, age 29 of Providence

Reciprocal Body Attachment; District Court Bench Warrant

6.) Matthew Padula, age 29, of Providence

Reciprocal Body Attachment

7.) Gabriel Lake, age 36, of West Warwick

Reciprocal Body Attachment

8.) Luis Diaz, age 47, of Providence

Reciprocal Body Attachment

9.) Jeffrey Monroe, age 43, of Kingston

Superior Court Bench Warrants; Reciprocal Body Attachment

10.) Tracy Fontes, age 51, of Cranston

Reciprocal Body Attachment

11.) Allen Harmon, age 47, of Woonsocket

Reciprocal Body Attachment

12.) Eric Rajotte, age 31, of West Warwick

Reciprocal Body Attachment; District Court Bench Warrant

13.) Zachery Shepardson, age 23, of Woonsocket

Reciprocal Body Attachment

14.) John Polk, age 41, of Pawtucket

Reciprocal Body Attachment

15.) Octavio Garcia, age 25, of West Warwick

Reciprocal Body Attachment

16.) Keith Montgomery, age 38, of Woonsocket

Reciprocal Body Attachment

17.) John Pitre, age 44, of Providence

Reciprocal Body Attachments; District Court Bench Warrant;

18.) Dino Gomes, age 45, of Providence

Reciprocal Body Attachments

19.) Nathan Edwards, age 34, of West Warwick

Reciprocal Body Attachments

20.) Edward Howard, age 36, of Woonsocket

Reciprocal Body Attachment; District Court Bench Warrant

21.) Tomas Silverio, age 32, Providence

Reciprocal Body Attachment

22.) Javier Belmont, age 33, of Pawtucket

Reciprocal Body Attachment

23.) Steven Myette, age 30, of Burrillville

Reciprocal Body Attachment

24.) Christopher Robertson, age 42, of Cranston

Reciprocal Body Attachment

25.) George Hernandez, age 51, of East Providence

Reciprocal Body Attachments

26.) Keith Upshur, age 48, of Newport

Reciprocal Body Attachment

27.) Geraldo Rivera, age 45, of Providence

Superior Court Bench Warrant; District Court Bench Warrant; Fugitive from Justice from the State of Connecticut

28.) Efrain Rivera, age 39, of Providence

Superior Court Bench Warrant

29.) Pierre Johnson, age 27, of West Warwick

Superior Court Bench Warrants

30.) Labon Aptt, age 34, of West Warwick

District Court Bench Warrant

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