Ex-Ron Jackson employee arrested

Steve Nash steve.nash@brownwoodbulletin.com
Daniel Holmes

A former employee of the Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex was arrested Thursday on an allegation of having sexual contact with a person in custody.

Daniel Holmes, 34, was arrested on a charge of improper sexual activity with a person in custody, a press release from the Texas Juvenile Justice Department states. Holmes had worked at the Ron Jackson school since November 2018 and was a youth development coach, the press release states.

The charge is a state jail felony and carries a sentence of 180 days to two years in state jail, with a fine of up to $10,000, the release states.

Holmes, who has been fired, was booked into the Brown County Jail and is free on $10,000 bond, jail records state.

According to the juvenile justice department press release:

On Aug. 22, a deputy inspector with the Office of Inspector General of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department arrested 34-year-old Daniel Holmes, TJJD employee, for improper sexual activity with a person in custody.

This arrest stemmed from an investigation conducted by the Inspector General’s Office on an incident that occurred in July or August 2019. Holmes, while an employee of the TJJD, is alleged to have engaged in sexual contact with an individual known to him to be under the supervision of the TJJD.

This case will be filed with the Special Prosecution Unit.

Camille Cain, executive director of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, said in a statement, “(Thursday) morning TJJD received allegations of potential criminal behavior against a staff member who works at the Ron Jackson facility for an incident occurring in either late July or early August. (Thursday) afternoon, following an initial investigation, TJJD’s Office of Inspector General arrested Daniel Holmes for improper sexual activity with a person in custody or under the supervision of the agency. Holmes, who is 34 years old and was hired by TJJD in November 2018, was terminated immediately. He was booked into Brown County Jail, and the case will be referred to the Special Prosecution Unit.”

Cain also said in the statement, “I want to make clear that any employee who commits a criminal act will face the highest penalties allowed under the law. TJJD has zero tolerance for such behavior, and I encourage anyone who suspects abuse, neglect, or criminal activity to report it immediately.”

The Office of the Inspector General is statutorily responsible to investigate criminal allegations involving TJJD youth, TJJD employees, or TJJD facilities.

Anyone can report allegations of misconduct to the Incident Reporting Center by completing an on-line complaint form found on the OIG website http://www.tjjd.texas.gov/OIG/index.aspx, or by emailing a complaint to TJJD.IRC@tjjd.texas.gov, or by calling a 24 hour-a-day toll free hotline at 1-866-477-8354.