According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, after months of investigating, arrest warrants have been issued for five current or former employees of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department facilities, or TJJD. The charges are for “tampering with governmental record resulting from a false entry for leave,” and “theft by a public servant.” Both of those charges are felonies. Also filed, an “official oppression” charge for each person. That charge in relation to allegations of using excessive force against juveniles while in state custody.
DPS says, on Friday, February 2nd, four people were arrested. The fifth suspect remains at large and may be out of the state.
“The suspects arrested include:
- Derrick Goodman, 56, charged with official oppression. Goodman was arrested at the TJJD facility in Gainesville, where he was employed. He was booked into the Cooke County Jail.
- Shannon Hoaglen, 41, charged with official oppression. Hoaglen was arrested at the TJJD facility in Gainesville, where he was employed. He was booked into the Cooke County Jail.
- Derrick Day, 39, charged with official oppression. Day formerly worked at the TJJD facility in Gainesville. He was arrested in Gainesville and was booked into the Cooke County Jail.
- Morsello Hooker, 31, charged with official oppression. Hooker formerly worked at the TJJD facility in Brownwood. He was arrested in Brownwood and was booked into the Brown County Jail.”
DPS says the investigation is ongoing and is a joint effort by the Texas Rangers, TJJD Office of Inspector General, and the TJJD Special Prosecution Unit.
Governor Greg Abbott sent a letter to DPS Col. Steven McCraw in December of 2017 requesting that the Texas Rangers open an investigation into the TJJD.
It reads: “As you are aware, recent reports of sexual misconduct and inappropriate relationships by state employees at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) are reprehensible and necessitate an appropriate response. While I commend the TJJD Office of the Inspector General for investigating these recent allegations and submitting them for prosecution, additional action is needed to guarantee the protection of the youth in the care and custody of the State of Texas. I am requesting that our esteemed Texas Rangers immediately open a detailed investigation to determine the extent of the alleged misconduct at TJJD. The resources and expertise available through the Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers will ensure that these acts are dealt with swiftly and to the fullest extent of the law.”