KXAN: Hutto Guard Investigated for Sexual Misconduct

KXAN learned Wednesday the alleged misconduct that resulted in the firing of a guard at the T. Don Hutto detention center in Taylor was sexual in nature.

The center is one of only two in the country that detains children and families for non-criminal immigration violations.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, or ICE, officials gave the media a look inside earlier this year, but this week Williamson County investigators took a closer look.

In a statement issued Wednesday the sheriff’s office confirmed they investigated a report of officer misconduct, and it was sexual in nature.

It went on to say their findings would be turned over to federal investigators, because the misconduct did not fall under local or state statute.

“Technically, you’re not looking at people who are convicted of crimes, and this isn’t an entity that’s subject to the sort of state and municipal control as other detention facilities should be,” said attorney Wayne Krause of the Texas Civil Rights Project. . . .

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