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Founder of state-contracted child abuse shelter hopes to reopen after employee was accused of exploiting two girls

Brooke Crowder said The Refuge is working to incorporate a deeper employee screening process with the help of a company recommended by the governor’s and attorney general’s offices.

Col. Steven C. McGraw, Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, testifies during a House Human Services Committee hearing at the Capitol on March 21, 2022. The committee is investigating reported allegations of sexual exploitation at a facility in Bastrop.

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