Tuesday, February 23, 2010
TYC sex abuse case in Pyote will finally begin soon
The trial of former TYC administrator Ray Brookins - who was accused of sexually assaulting youth under their care at the West Texas State School in Pyote - is scheduled to begin April 20, some three years after charges were filed. The Odessa American has an article today covering a pretrial hearing in which the two sides debated whether pornography and sex toys in Brookins' possession at the facility could be admitted as evidence (the judge will rule later, prior to the trial). The defendant's lawyers say it would be prejudicial, while the prosecution says it corroborates students' accounts. See the full story for more detail.