A man who worked as a youth development coach at a juvenile detention center in the Rio Grande Valley has been arrested on charges of having sex with a minor.
An employee of the Evins Regional Juvenile Center in Edinburgh on Tuesday morning reported an allegation against Todd Hanks, 50, according to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.
Hanks was removed from all contact with the youth and suspended without pay before an interview with TJJD’s inspector general’s office, the department said. He was then fired and arrested.
He was held in Hidalgo County Jail for indecency with a child and sexual interference with a person in custody, jail records show.
“I am outraged by this incident and we will pursue the highest possible sanctions against this former staff member,” TJJD executive director Camille Cain said in a statement. “This agency has zero tolerance for any employee who attacks or endangers the youth in our care, and we will always respond promptly to such allegations. I am heartbroken for the youth and we are doing everything we can to provide proper treatment and care. “
The statement said the child, whose age was not disclosed, received medical and clinical treatment. The child’s family has been notified by the ministry.
Hanks had been with TJJD since 2005.
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