A former Brown-wood state school correctional officer has been indicted on 15 counts of sexually assaulting a juvenile while he worked there.
James Allen Sullivan, 41, of Early, was arrested Wednes-day and is free on $15,000 bond, Brown County Jail records state.
Grand jurors handed down a sealed indictment on May 3, and the indictment was unsealed at his arrest.
The charge, sexual assault of a child, is a second degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
The same grand jury had declined to indict Sullivan when presented with the case on April 5. District Attorney Micheal Murray presented the case for a second time to the grand jury’s May session.
After the April no-bill, Murray said he planned to review previously-unavailable surveillance tapes from the school and would consider a second presentation of the case to a grand jury.
State investigators wanted to know why the tapes allegedly showing a former guard entering a supply closet with a teenage girl were never shown to the grand jury that cleared the guard, the Associated Press reported.
The phone at Sullivan’s home had been disconnected Thursday.
The tapes were discovered at Texas Youth Commission headquarters in Austin nine days after the no-bill, the AP reported.
It was unclear Thursday whether grand jurors were shown the tapes or presented with any other new evidence in their May 3 session.
No telephone listing for Sullivan could be found in the Brownwood area.
The case attracted the attention of state lawmakers when state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-Mission, alluded in March to reports of inmate abuse at the Brownwood school.