Meanwhile, the investigation of abuse allegations and suicide attempts continues.
Unruh said she expects to unearth "many more" allegations of sexual abuse at the Gainesville unit.
Wright began working there in 2014, and investigators since the arrest have uncovered several allegations of abuse starting as early as December 2015, said Debbie Unruh, the independent ombudsman for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.
Wright, a former corrections officer who oversaw adult prisoners at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, continued working at the agency even after officials there discovered he had a history of disciplinary infractions at his previous job, she said.
But he said the officer was moved away from contact with youths as soon as allegations of sexual abuse surfaced.
Samuel Wright was arrested last month in Cooke County on charges of sexually assaulting a youth at the secure facility.
To top it off, lawmakers have asked the juvenile department, along with most other state agencies, to trim the budget even more as they expect a significant drop in state revenue in the 2017 legislative session.
While lawmakers told the agency to cut nearly million from its budget for the 2018-19 biennium, the agency has said it needs nearly 0 million more than it is allotted to keep up with the growing population and meet federal rape prevention requirements, among other needs.
Indeed, given this unsettling news, compliance with PREA seems more important than ever for TJJD, so maybe the Lege should consider getting up off resources to help them make that happen.
So far, this hasn't blown up the way Blakeslee's story did back in the day, One wonders if the episode was uncovered because of reforms implemented after that 2007 upheaval that made it easier for youth to complain and more likely the agency would react when they did?