The superintendent of the Marlin Orientation and Assessment Unit, a juvenile correctional facility near Waco, was arrested this morning on charges of giving a false report to an investigator, according to Falls County District Attorney Jody Gilliam. The superintendent, Jerome Parsee, allegedly gave false information to investigators about sexual misconduct that occurred on the unit involving inmates and at least one female correctional officer. Parsee was questioned by a Texas Ranger in recent weeks as part of an ongoing investigation of abuse in the youth corrections system that began last month in the wake of the sex abuse scandal at the West Texas State School in Pyote.Marlin is the unit where every single kid sentenced to TYC passes through for "orientation and assessment." See more good TYC coverage at BurkaBlog from Patricia Kilday Hart and Paul Burka.
In addition, Hart's piece on alleged abuses of the mentally ill at the Lubbock State School is must-read blogging. Read the full report from the Department of Justice.
UPDATE: See local TV coverage of Parsee's arrest.
NUTHER UPDATE: Harvey Kronberg at Quorum Report has more TYC news tidbits today, starting with:
MORE TYC DEVELOPMENTS: TYC also announced further staff shake ups today. The agency has begun termination proceedings against Deputy General Counsel Emily Helm and Youth Care Investigations Director Ray Worsham after the two decided not to resign their posts, according to agency spokesman Jim Hurley. He declined to go into specifics but said that findings from an inspector general's report led to the decision to let the pair go. Worsham was suspended two weeks ago for allegedly changing documents related to suspected abuse at the TYC facility in Pyote.Ray Worsham was named by a Texas Ranger testifying at the Legislature as someone at TYC who knew early on about allegations of sexual abuse by administrators. Kronberg also reported that Special Master Jay Kimbrough plans to review all sentences of TYC students that were extended while in custody. Harvey reported:
TYC Special Master Jay Kimbrough announced today that he’s recommending a review of all TYC inmates whose sentences were extended while in custody with the aim of releasing all inmates whose added time cannot be justified.
The long-term impact could be enormous as 93 percent of all TYC inmates have had their sentence extended, according to Will Harrell, the executive director of the ACLU of Texas who sat with Kimbrough for the announcement. Currently, the TYC system holds more than 4,000 inmates.
If a significant chunk of those inmates are found to have been given unjustified extensions, the TYC population could shrink drastically. Although Kimbrough does not have the authority to order the review himself, he stressed his belief that something needs to be done immediately.
"Based on what I have seen so far, I have no confidence in the integrity of that entire system," he said. "I fear there may be youths who have been retained or extended where there is little or no documentation or where there is little or no logic to support the decision that was made in the first place."