A sexual abuse scandal in the Texas juvenile justice system has state politics in an uproar, with accusations that damning reports were doctored and shelved and sexual predators in high positions were allowed to resign without facing charges.
Late Friday, Travis County District Atty. Ronnie Earle announced a criminal investigation into possible records tampering at the Texas Youth Commission. And Gov. Rick Perry appointed a special master to lead an investigation into the agency and "reports of failures and wrongdoings."
At least 13 boys and girls were reportedly molested by staff members at two state schools run by the commission. Before Earle and Perry took action on Friday, there were already inquiries under a previously appointed special prosecutor and legislative committees.