Ex-Texas Prison Official On Trial For Pupil Sex

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Jury selection starts Monday in Lubbock in the trial of an ex-jail administrator accused of sexually molesting teenage inmates in West Texas.

John Paul Hernandez is on trial this week in a Lubbock County state district court. He's the former principal at the West Texas State School in Pyote (PYE'-oht).

The trial was moved from the West Texas town of Monahans in Ward County. It comes six years after the Texas Rangers first investigated the sex scandal that upended the Texas Youth Commission.

The case prompted the ouster of several top commission officials and landed another jail official in prison. The state alleges Hernandez and another jail official sexually molested more than a dozen boys at the school. He has pleaded not guilty to 11 counts.


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