Former TJJD employee arrested, charged with indecency with a child

Deena Riley

Deena Riley. (Courtesy: Texas Juvenile Justice Department)

AUSTIN/MART, Texas (KWKT) — A former employee with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department has been arrested and charged with Indecency with a Child.

44-year-old Deena Riley joined the agency in 2020. In January, she resigned from her position as a youth development coach at the McLennan County State Juvenile Facility in Mart, according to the Office of the Inspector General.

On April 12, 2021, three youths absconded from a TJJD halfway house. An OIG investigation determined Riley assisted in this act, and she was arrested on April 28 and booked into the Ellis County Jail for hindering apprehension, TJJD says.

The new charges reflect the ongoing investigation by the OIG.

TJJD says the youth in question is a 16-year-old boy. Riley was not an employee of TJJD at the time of the offense, the Ellis County District Attorney will prosecute the case.

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