Ex-Inmate Says He Denied Abuse Because He Was Scared

Staff Report
The Associated Press

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - A former Texas juvenile inmate has testified that he was afraid of retaliation when he initially denied being sexually abused by a principal at the prison's school.

The 26-year-old man testified Monday that former Texas Youth Commission school principal John Paul Hernandez molested him about 18 times.

The man said he was afraid to acknowledge the alleged attacks when questioned by another former administrator who was convicted of sexually abusing others at the West Texas State School in Pyote. Ray Brookins, a former assistant superintendent at the school, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to 11 counts, including one sexual assault charge. His attorney has said the inmates made up the allegations so they would be released from the facility, which closed last summer.