2 ex-guards at Austin jail indicted on sex charges
By David Hafetz American-Statesman Staff Thursday, June 29, 2000
Two former guards were charged Wednesday with sexual misconduct against an inmate at the Austin state jail, where a dozen ex-employees already have been indicted on charges of harassing and sexually abusing prisoners.
Robert Cole and Christopher Sanders are the first new indictments to emerge since December in the investigation of the Travis County Community Justice Center, formerly operated by the Wackenhut Corrections Corp. Eleven guards and one former case manager have already been indicted.
Prosecutor Gail Van Winkle said the investigation is continuing, and additional cases might be presented to the next grand jury, which will convene in July.
"We still have a lot more information we're looking at," Van Winkle said. "I can't say for sure."
Cole and Sanders are charged with improper sexual activity with a person in custody, a state jail felony, and with official oppression, a Class A misdemeanor.
The indictments against Cole include allegations that he had sex with a female inmate in January 1999.
Sanders is accused of having sex with the same inmate in January and February of that year.
The oppression charges against both men stem from accusations that they also harassed the woman with unwelcome sexual advances, court documents said.
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