Ward County Judge to Appoint Lawyer for TYC Administrator

MONAHANS, Texas (AP) - A Ward County judge agreed today to appoint a defense lawyer for a former youth prison administrator accused of sexually abusing inmates.

Ray Brookins is charged with two counts each of improper relationship with a student and improper sexual activity with a person in custody.

The case has languished in the courts since his original attorney was arrested earlier this year and stopped responding to court notices or showing up for hearings.

District Judge Bob Parks also ordered Brookins, the former assistant superintendent at the Texas Youth Commission's West Texas State School in Pyote, to pay the court $500 a month to offset the cost of the attorney.

Brookins was indicted last year along with John Paul Hernandez, the former principal at the remote juvenile jail about 50 miles southwest of Odessa, on charges of abusing teenage inmates. Both men have pleaded not guilty in a case that upended the TYC.