AUSTIN — The Texas Youth Commission said Monday it suspended four more juvenile prison officials in the continuing investigation of an agency racked by allegations of sexual abuse of inmates and other problems.

Eduardo Martinez, superintendent of the Evins Regional Juvenile Center in Edinburg, was suspended for allegedly failing to follow agency policy to notify law enforcement and parents of an allegation of sexual assault.

Debra Dick, superintendent of Tamayo Halfway House in Harlingen, was suspended pending an investigation of alleged inappropriate use of state resources.

Blu Nicholson, acting superintendent at Crockett State School, faces allegations of mistreatment of youth. And Lisa Cook, superintendent of McFadden Ranch in Roanoke, was suspended pending an investigation of allegations of interfering with the reporting and investigations of incidents at the facility.

All were suspended with pay pending the outcome the investigations, the agency said.

The Texas Youth Commission incarcerates about 4,700 offenders ages 10 to 21 who are considered the most dangerous, incorrigible or chronic. The commission operates 15 prisons, nine halfway houses and numerous treatment and counseling centers.

Since the allegations of sex abuse surfaced in February, the agency has been placed in conservatorship and state lawmakers have pushed for a complete overhaul.

A former principal and assistant superintendent at the West Texas State School in Pyote have been indicted on charges they sexually abused teenage inmates. Both have pleaded not guilty.

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