Texas Juvenile Justice Department staff members accused of sexual misconduct

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AUSTIN (KXAN) —  Recent reports of state employees engaging in sexual misconduct at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) has Gov. Greg Abbott asking for the Texas Rangers to investigate.

In a letter sent to Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw dated Dec. 13, Abbott says the reports are “reprehensible and necessitate an appropriate response.”

According to Abbott’s letter, the TJJD Office of the Inspector General has investigated the allegations and has submitted the cases for prosecution. However, Abbott believes the Texas Rangers needs to look into the cases further to “guarantee the protection of the youth in the care and custody of the State of Texas.”

The letter did not include any details regarding the allegations, including when or where they happened within the TJJD.

The Dallas Morning News reported at the beginning of November that at least four Gainsville State School staff members are facing prison time after sexual misconduct allegations came to light in May. In at least two cases, female staff members are accused of having sex with boys in custody. TJJD executive director David Reilly said it has since implemented additional measures to keep safety a priority.Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article erroneously showed a picture of the Travis County Gardner-Betts Juvenile Center. The picture has since been removed.

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