Montco Sheriff Uses Social Media to Find Deadbeat Parents

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    The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is taking to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to help find parents who owe child support. NBC10's Matt DeLucia has the details. (Published Monday, July 21, 2014)

    The Montgomery County Sheriff's Department wants to be sure children are getting the child support that is due to them.

    Using Social Media to Find Deadbeat Parents

    [PHI] Using Social Media to Find Deadbeat Parents
    The Montgomery County Sheriff Department is using a new strategy to find parents who owe child support. (Published Monday, July 21, 2014)

    The department is using Facebook and Twitter to post photos of the area's most wanted parents under the direction of Sheriff Russell J. Bono.  

    "This is not going to go away. Our goal is to get all the deadbeat parents so these children of these defendants receive the money that is due to them," said Sgt. Joanne Plasterer. 

    The department is using 'social media-shaming' to encourage the individual to turn him or herself in and start paying child support.

    Every week, the Montgomery Sheriff's Department will feature 5 new deadbeat parents on its Facebook and Twitter pages. The department came up with the idea and did not collaborate with other departments on this new initiative, according to public information assistant Teresa Harris. 

    The social media posts started three weeks ago and the department has received two tips through Facebook and 7 tips from the Internet.  The department will continue to maintain a list and photos of wanted persons on its website. 

    "Since it's (collecting from deadbeat parents) a primary focus of Sheriff Bono's, that's why we are using social media," said Harris.