A Texas grand jury has indicted two former administrators of a Texas Youth Commission lockup on sex abuse charges, ending two years of inactivity in a case that sparked an overhaul of the state’s juvenile correctional system, reports the Houston Chronicle. The suspects, Ray Brookins and John Paul Hernandez, both 41, were indicted on charges of sexually abusing six youths, ages 16-19, who were incarcerated in 2004 and 2005.
Sgt. Brian Burzynski, the Texas Ranger who investigated the allegations and then urged local, state, and federal prosecutors for two years to file charges, expressed satisfaction with the grand jury’s action. Hernandez and Brookins are accused of using their authority at the remote 250-bed, all-male facility to molest troubled youths they were charged with protecting. They have declared innocence.