Ed. Note: This is the second part of a ten-part wrap-up of Rick Perry's history of cover-up and corruption that will run on Burnt Orange Report today.
In 2007, Texans learned of of a massive sex abuse scandal at the Texas Youth Commission. When news of the scandal broke, Governor Rick Perry claimed he knew nothing about the abuse until he saw it in the paper. That was a lie. In fact, Governor Perry and his office were informed of a stalled investigation into the abuse as early as February 2005, two years before news reports first came out.
As the Houston Chronicle reported in their story, “TYC shake-up comes 2 years after probe“:
Gov. Rick Perry's staff knew as early as June 2005 that two administrators at a Texas Youth Commission facility were not being prosecuted on allegations of sexually abusing youths in their custody, according to records obtained Tuesday by the Houston Chronicle.
Two months ago, four leading advocacy groups that have worked with TYC for years issued a statement saying that systemic abuse at TYC still remains. Immediately, Perry’s board members at TYC denied the allegations, despite irrefutable evidence to the contrary, and have stonewalled the story ever since.
- Burnt Orange Report – Rick Perry's History of Cover-Up at the Texas Youth Commission
- “Sex abuse reported at youth jail” — Dallas Morning News
- “TYC shake-up comes 2 years after probe” — Houston Chronicle
- “Hidden in Plain Sight” — Texas Observer
- “Perry aides aware in '05 that TYC charges not pursued” — Houston Chronicle
- “Investigative Reports – Texas Youth Commission” – a single-stop location for months of Dallas Morning News coverage on the scandal
- Grits for Breakfast: TYC – a link to all coverage of TYC by Scott Henson on his criminal justice blog