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Troy Lee Neal Arrested

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Troy Lee Neal Arrested
Troy Lee Neel, accused of owing more than $760,000 in child support, entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez. Records indicated Neel would plead guilty to traveling abroad to avoid paying child support. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott was expected to have a news conference afterward.

Neel, 43, lived for years in Vanuatu, a South Pacific island nation, and was arrested in December by investigators with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General after getting off a plane at Los Angeles International Airport.

Neel owes more than $763,000 for his two children, dating to November 1998, according to Abbott. That year, Neel was ordered to pay $5,000 a month in support, a number based on his earnings as a professional athlete.

He was added to the state's top 10 list of child support evaders in February 2002.

The Freeport native was married and had two children before divorcing in 1997, Travis County records show.

Neel was a first baseman and designated hitter for the Oakland Athletics from 1992 to 1994. He later went to Japan, where he played from 1995 to 2000 for the Orix BlueWave.

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