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News Release

February 1, 2018

Texas Rangers, TJJD Make Arrests in Investigation

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today announced that as the result of an investigation directed by Governor Greg Abbott, arrest warrants have been issued for five current or former employees at Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) facilities. Four suspects were arrested today. One suspect remains at large and may be out of state.

The charges and arrests are the result of an ongoing, joint investigation by the Texas Rangers, the TJJD Office of Inspector General, and the TJJD Special Prosecution Unit into alleged misconduct at TJJD.

The charges included two felony allegations: tampering with a governmental record resulting from a false entry for leave and theft by a public servant. In addition, four Class A misdemeanor charges of official oppression were filed related to allegations of excessive force against juveniles in state custody.

The suspects arrested today included:

To read the December 2017 letter from Gov. Abbott to DPS Director Steven McCraw originally requesting that the Texas Rangers open an investigation into TJJD, visit: https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/McCraw_Steven_Letter20171213.pdf.

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