Given all the trouble and heartache caused at the agency over the allegations against this pair, I suppose it's a good thing for the charges to finally go forward, though I'm afraid it means we're in for another media circus over these same allegations during the two men's trials.
Brookins, 41, the former assistant superintendent at the Pyote jail, faces two counts each of having an improper relationship with a student and improper sexual activity with a person in custody. He pleaded not guilty to both charges. [District Judge Bob] Parks scheduled his trial for April 28.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, and nine counts each of improper sexual activity with a person in custody and improper relationship with a student, also second-degree felonies.
Parks set his trial date for June 2.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
TYC's Brookins, Hernandez ordered to trial
Ray Brookins and John Paul Hernandez - the two former TYC administrators whose alleged abuse of youth under their charge plunged the agency into public ignominy and fiscal conservatorship - will stand trial this spring over the charges, reports AP (Jan. 16):