AUSTIN – Gov. Greg Abbott has requested the Texas Rangers open an investigation into reports of sexual misconduct and inappropriate relationships between state employees at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD).

In the letter, Abbott asks DPS Director Steven McCraw to have the Rangers “immediately open a detailed investigation to determine the extent of the alleged misconduct at TJJD. The resources and expertise available through the Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers will ensure that these acts are dealt with swiftly and to the fullest extent of the law.”

Abbott has also requested Camille Cain, the new executive director of the TJJD, work with the governor’s office “to ensure that the youth in the state’s care and custody are protected, and carry out the agency’s mission to transform young lives and create safer communities.”

The Texas Tribune reported Dec. 4 that two guards at the TJJD Gainsville facility had been arrested over alleged abuse. The Dallas Morning News reported in November that a total of four officers at the Gainsville State School face prison time for alleged sexual misconduct.