New Judge Takes Over TYC Sex Abuse Case

Ray Brookins
Ray Brookins
John Paul Hernandez
John Paul Hernandez

MONAHANS, Texas (AP) - An Odessa judge is now handling the cases against two former West Texas youth prison officials accused of repeatedly sexually abusing teenage inmates.

Court records show District Judge Jay Gibson was appointed Thursday to the case against John Paul Hernandez and Ray Brookins, both former administrators at a Texas Youth Commission jail in Pyote.

The cases have been stalled since the pair were indicted in 2007 in a scandal that upended the state agency responsible for jailing juvenile offenders in Texas and led the resignations or firings of several top agency officials.

Earlier this month, a civil rights group out of Austin wrote a letter to the Texas Attorney General demanding to know why the case had stalled and was not moving forward.