Thursday, December 18, 2008

TX:Sexual-abuse case against former TYC jailer stalls - Houston Chronicle

Saturday, November 22, 2008

MONAHANS — The state’s sexual abuse case against a former youth prison administrator has stalled since his attorney was arrested and stopped appearing at hearings, court records show.

Scott M. Dolin, an Austin attorney who had been hired to defend Ray Brookins in the ongoing probe of sexual abuses at a Texas Youth Commission jail, stopped appearing in court after being arrested, according to records filed by the Texas Attorney General’s Office.

Prosecutors, according to the court records, learned of the arrest in February. Courts records do not indicate what charges Dolin was arrested on or where.

Dolin was removed from the case in April and Brookins, the former assistant superintendent at TYC’s West Texas State School in Pyote, has repeatedly pledged to hire another attorney. But according to court records, that has not happened. A judge in the case has ordered a hearing on the matter for Dec. 18.

A voice mail system for a telephone number listed for Dolin’s Austin office was full and not accepting messages Thursday.

Jerry Strickland, a spokesman for the Texas Attorney General’s Office, said the office has aggressively pursued the case and will continue to do so.

Brookins and John Paul Hernandez, the former principal at the jail, were indicted last year on charges that they sexually abused teenage boys at the jail about 50 miles southwest of Odessa. Both men have pleaded not guilty.

Brookins was charged with two counts each of improper relationship with a student and improper sexual activity with a person in custody. Hernandez was indicted on one count of sexual assault, nine counts of improper relationship with a person in custody, and nine counts of improper relationship between a student and educator.

Both men have remained free on bond.

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