TYC Official Investigated for Contraband

Staff Report
The Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The new Ombudsman for the Texas youth prison system has been barred from entering its lockups under criminal investigation that she twice tried to smuggle in weapons, prescription drugs and cash, which is strictly prohibited.

Catherine Evans was appointed to the Texas Youth Commission in September by Gov. Rick Perry. The ombudsman reports on TYC facilities and evaluates them to protect children's rights.

TYC spokesman Jim Hurley declined comment on whether Evans may have been trying to stage her own sting operation to test agency security.

What kind of weapons Evans allegedly tried to bring in was not immediately available. Carrying weapons and other contraband into a state correctional facility is a third-degree felony.