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Ex-Bengals Player Arrested in Ga.

September 3, 1999

CINCINNATI (AP) _ James Brooks, a former all-pro running back with the Cincinnati Bengals, was arrested Friday in Atlanta and will face charges in Ohio that he owes more than $100,000 in child support.

Brooks, 40, was arrested as he was being processed through customs at Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport while arriving from England, where he had been living, Hamilton County Prosecutor Michael Allen said in Cincinnati.

Allen’s office had asked for federal help in tracking down Brooks to face felony indictments alleging that he owes $78,000 in child support payments for a 6-year-old son and more than $29,000 for a 4-year-old daughter.

If convicted, Brooks could get 6-12 months in jail for each case, Allen said.

Brooks was to be taken before a federal magistrate Friday in Atlanta, Allen said. Brooks could be returned to Ohio in 10 days to face the charges if he opts not to fight extradition, the prosecutor said.

Brooks had gone to England to work for an English football team that folded. He later was a security guard in that country, according to Allen’s office.

Brooks played high school football in Warner Robins, Ga., and later at Auburn, then played 11 seasons in the NFL, including eight with Cincinnati. He is the Bengals’ career rushing leader with 6,447 yards.

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