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Deputies arrest man on child support violations
Mar 30, 2004 12:00 am
A man sought for seven years by law enforcement authorities for allegedly failing to pay over $130,000 in child support was taken into custody late Friday afternoon by Wilson County Sheriff's Deputies.
Jerry Pyburn, 58, of 338 Minosa Drive in Antioch was charged with felonious flagrant violation of child support statutes, and allegedly employed elaborate schemes to avoid capture, according to Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe.
"He owed more than $130,000 in back child support," Ashe said. "At Christmastime it was that amount, it could be more now."
Pyburn is being held under $100,000 bond in the Wilson County Jail, but at a bond hearing Monday, that figure could go up, Ashe said. Suspects held in such cases are often assigned a bond figure that is at least equal to what they may owe, if not more.
Lt. Gary Haskins had worked on the case for the last 1-1/2 years, helping to locate Pyburn. Ashe said U.S. Marshals have also been assisting with such cases.
"Gary stayed on him like a bloodhound," Ashe said in praise of his deputy's efforts to bring Pyburn to justice.
Pyburn allegedly employed elaborate methods to stay out of the hands of law enforcement. He was indicted on the single charge in February 2002.
"We entered his name into the NCIC computer in 2002," Ashe said. "We couldn't track him through his social security number, because he wasn't using it."
Pyburn was found to have been staying at his mother's home in Antioch, Ashe said, where he was arrested.
"I believe our efforts in this area will soon be recognized statewide," Ashe said. "We've really been focusing on this lately. (Pyburn) wouldn't be in custody without the hard work of Lt. Haskins."