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Texas youth lockup being investigated for sexual misconduct

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - At least four former staff members of a northern Texas juvenile correctional facility may face prison time amid sexual misconduct allegations.

Texas Juvenile Justice Department officials say former correctional officer Samuel Lee Wright at the Gainesville State School was convicted in July of having improper sexual activity with youths in custody. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Two female correctional officers have been arrested on charges of having sex or attempting to have sex with 18-year-olds in custody. Department records show an additional officer is expected to be arrested.

The sexual misconduct comes as the agency is struggling to properly staff facilities statewide.

Lawmakers previously overhauled the juvenile system after allegations surfaced in 2005 that staff members at a state-run juvenile correctional facility were engaging in sexual misconduct.

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