GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- Former Olympic gymnast Kurt
Thomas is nearly $9,000 behind in child-support payments for his son,
according to a case filed Monday in District Court.
Thomas, of Plano, Texas, was charged with felony nonsupport and a
warrant for his arrest was issued. Thomas has a 4-year-old son in Great
Falls, Cascade County Attorney Brant Light said.
``The Child Support Enforcement Division has made numerous efforts to
get him to pay,'' the prosecutor said.
Thomas, 41, lost his shot at an Olympic gold medal when the United
States boycotted the 1980 games. He won gold medals in floor exercise in
the 1978 world championship, and in floor exercise and high bar events in
the 1979 world championships. He also won a silver medal in all-around
competition in the 1979 event.
In 1986, Thomas declared bankruptcy. He now operates a gymnastics
school in Plano. Light said Thomas is under a 1995 court order to pay $650
a month in child support.
He was not at the school when The Associated Press called on Monday
about the support case, said a woman who identified herself as his wife.
``I don't think he has a comment on that,'' she said, then hung up the
Light said a copy of the warrant for Thomas's arrest would be sent for
Texas officials to serve. The prosecutor said he will move to have Thomas
extradited if necessary, but prefers to resolve the case before reaching
``Getting him to pay on a monthly basis is what will benefit the mother
and child,'' Light said.
``I would love to give $9,000 to this family that is suffering.''
The mother of Thomas's son was identified as Jeanine Creek.