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Judge loses trust in Texas’ child abuse investigation of foster care facility and calls for federal inquiry

U.S. District Judge Janis Jack said she is seeking a federal criminal investigation into allegations that children were sexually abused and trafficked at The Refuge, a state-licensed foster care shelter for victims of sex trafficking.

Colonel 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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