An investigation, by direction of Governor Greg Abbott, has led to the arrest of four current or former employees at Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) leaving one person still at large.
In December 2017, Governor Abbott wrote to Texas Department of Safety Director, Steven McGraw, requesting that the Texas Rangers open an investigation, immediately, at TJJD. The letter indicated that reports of sexual misconduct and inappropriate relationships by state employees at TJJD are reprehensible and required appropriate response.
This month, the Texas Department of Public Safety, announced that as result of the investigation requested by Abbott, arrest warrants had been issued for five current or former employees at TJJD. Four suspects were arrested Feb. 1, while one suspect is still at large and may be out of state at this time.
The charges included two felony allegations: tampering with a governmental record resulting from a false entry for leave and theft by a public servant. In addition, four Class A misdemeanor charges of official oppression were filed related to allegations of excessive force against juveniles in state custody.
The suspects arrested today included:
- 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.
Derrick Goodman (Cooke County Jail)
Shannon Hoaglen (Cooke County Jail)
Derrick Day (Cooke County Jail)
Morsello Hooker (Brown County Jail)
“Misconduct on the part of employees entrusted with the responsibility of protecting our youth will not be tolerated,” said Governor Abbott. “This is one of many steps being taken to ensure that employees at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department are held accountable for their actions, and I am pleased with the progress being made. While there is still much more that needs to be done, and these investigations are ongoing, I am confident that justice will be served. I thank the Texas Rangers and the Department of Public Safety for their swift action.”