A 22-year-old woman alleged in a lawsuit that she was sexually assaulted by a correctional officer repeatedly when she was a student at the Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex in Brownwood.
The Texas RioGrande Legal Aid filed the lawsuit in Travis County on Nov. 2 on behalf of the woman, identified as Jane Doe.
The lawsuit names the correctional officer, who currently works at the Giddings State School, as well as the Texas Youth Commission and several current or former TYC representatives.
The TYC showed “callous, deliberate indifference” to the assaults and retaliated against Doe when she reported them, the suit alleges.
No criminal charges have been filed against the correctional officer.
Doe entered the TYC in January 2002 at age 17 and was sent to the Brownwood facility in March 2002, the suit states. She was released in June 2004 and sent to a Del Valle halfway house.
Doe has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from child sexual abuse, bipolar disorder and depressive disorder, the suit states.
In the Brownwood facility, the correctional officer “routinely assaulted her over a period of months, preying on her because of her mental disability,” the suit alleges.
The correctional officer began flirting with her, then, in December 2002, began sexually assaulting her, the suit alleges.
He alternately bribed, punished and humiliated her to maintain control of her, and threatened her with disciplinary action and threatened to block her release from detention when she attempted to report the assault, the suit alleges.
When the abuse was finally reported, the TYC took away privileges and demoted the phases she had earned, which caused her release to be delayed several months, the suit alleges.
The TYC investigated the correctional officer and allowed him to choose between retirement and reassignment to the Giddings facility, where boys are held.
He went to work in Giddings and was demoted, the filing states.
TYC officials declined to comment on the suit.