A Texas prosecutor will revive a long-stalled investigation of allegations that administrators molested inmates at a state juvenile prison, reports the Dallas Morning News. A state senator called for a management housecleaning at the Texas Youth Commission, the agency where officials ignored complaints about sexual abuse of young prisoners. “If I were king, I’d fire everybody and start over,” said Sen. Juan Hinojosa. The Morning News reported Sunday that two former high-ranking commission employees were accused of molesting young men at the West Texas State School. An administrative review determined that agency management failed to intervene for more than a year despite repeated complaints about the behavior.
Ward County District Attorney Randall Reynolds blamed a “breakdown in communications.” Hinojosa said the commission’s management needs to explain itself. “This kind of behavior is unacceptable, and it points to incompetent management and an environment of intimidation. I’m just appalled. I feel for those juveniles. They were trapped. Some of those allegations just turned my stomach.”