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Sex Abuse Trial Begins This Week in Lubbock

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - An ex-jail administrator accused of sexually molesting teenage inmates in West Texas is on trial this week in Lubbock. Jury selection begins Monday in the case of John Paul Hernandez, the former principal at the West Texas State School in Pyote.

The trial, which was moved from Ward County, comes six years after the Texas Rangers first investigated the sex scandal that upended the Texas Youth Commission.

The case has prompted the ouster of several top commission officials and landed another jail official in prison. Hernandez's trial has been delayed for years by court motions and alleged inaction by a local district attorney.

The Texas attorney general's office, which has taken over the case, alleges Hernandez and another jail official sexually molested more than a dozen boys at the Pyote school. He has pleaded not guilty to 11 counts.

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