FBI investigating sexual assault claims at T. Don Hutto detention center

T. Don Hutto Residential Center
T. Don Hutto Residential Center (KXAN Photo/Lauren Kravets)

TAYLOR, Texas (KXAN) — The FBI is now investigating allegations of the sexual assault of a detainee at the T. Don Hutto detention facility in Taylor.

The bureau confirmed its investigation in a statement to KXAN saying,

“The San Antonio FBI Field Office, Austin Resident Agency Office and the Civil Rights Division have opened a civil rights investigation into the alleged sexual assault of a detainee by a correctional officer at T. Don Hutto Detention Center The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence and will ensure that the investigation is conducted in a fair, thorough and impartial manner. As this is an ongoing investigation we are not able to comment further at this time.”

Last month, detainee Laura Monterrosa spoke out, saying a guard at the facility had been abusing her since June.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement along with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office investigated Monterrosa’s case and found the claim unsubstantiated. In a statement, ICE officials said the allegation could not be corroborated and the case lacked evidence to pursue any further action.

The Hutto facility holds about 500 women facing Immigration violations.

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