Former Texas Juvenile Justice Department Employee Arrested For Indecency With A Child


AUSTIN — The Texas Juvenile Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General arrested former employee Deena Riley for Indecency with a Child late this afternoon.

Riley is 44 years old and joined the agency in 2020. In January, she resigned from her position as a youth development coach at the McLennan County State Juvenile Facility, in Mart.

On April 12, 2021, three youths absconded from a TJJD halfway house. An OIG investigation determined that Riley assisted in that act, and on April 28, she was arrested and booked into the Ellis County Jail for hindering apprehension.

The new charges reflect the ongoing investigation by the OIG. The youth in question is a male who is 16 years old. Because Riley was not an employee of TJJD at the time of the offense, the Ellis County District Attorney will prosecute the case.

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