Prosecution Rests in TYC Sex Abuse Trial

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - The prosecution has rested in the trial of a former principal at a Texas juvenile prison accused of sexually abusing inmates in 2004 and 2005.

The defense was expected to call its first witness Wednesday afternoon in the case against John Paul Hernandez.

Prosecutors called more than a dozen witnesses, including the five young men allegedly abused by Hernandez in darkened classrooms and closets at the West Texas State School in Pyote. 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.

Ray Brookins, a former administrator at the school, was sentenced last April to 10 years in prison in a sex abuse.