6 O.C. Parents Arrested in Truancy Sweep

classroom-blue-bgSANTA ANA, Calif. (KTLA) — Orange County authorities are stepping up enforcement of the state’s truancy law.

Parents will face fines — and even jail time — if their children skip school on a regular basis.

At least six parents were arrested on Thursday for allowing chronic truancy, despite school and law enforcement warnings.

The arrests were performed by the Orange County Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership, or GRIP, teams.

Officials said excused absences don’t count against the parents. But those parents who were arrested had no excuses.

Prosecutors say unexcused absences for the defendants’ children ranged from 12 to 24 days of school.

The parents have been identified as Toya Daniels, 38; Gustavo Martinez, 48; Maria de la Luz Martinez, 37; Cheree Peoples, 33; Toni Marie Aranda, 32; and 34-year-old Virginia Ferrer Avila.

Each has been charged with one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor one misdemeanor count of failure to reasonably supervise or encourage school attendance.

If convicted, each parent faces up to one year in jail and $2,500 in fines.

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