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.