Former West Texas Prison Official Convicted

Texas – A former youth jail administrator convicted of sexually abusing a teenager inmate faces up to 20 years in prison in a case that ignited a statewide scandal over the treatment of young offenders.

Ray Edward Brookins was convicted Thursday of two counts each of having an improper sexual activity with a person in custody and having an improper relationship between and educator

Brookins, a former assistant superintendent of the Texas Youth Commission's West Texas State School in Pyote, was accused of having a sexual relationship in 2005 with a then-18-year-old inmate.

Brookins is one of two former school administrators accused of sexually abusing teenage inmates. Several top agency officials have resigned, and former principal John Paul Hernandez awaits trial.

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