TYC Sex Abuse Trial to Begin on Thursday

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

WARD COUNTY - After more than two years since the sex scandal broke at the West Texas State School in Pyote the two men at the center of it all, John Paul Hernandez and Ray Brookins are getting their day in court.

Brookins and Hernandez will show up for trial at the Ward County Courthouse on Thursday.

Both are accused of sexually abusing teenage inmates.

Their cases have been stalled ever since their indictments.    
Brookins and Hernandez have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The case has gained Nationwide attention and has sparked numerous changes within the Texas Youth Commission.