Sheriff fires 6 in sex scandal

HOUSTON - Six employees of the Harris County Sheriff's Office have been fired for sexual misconduct.

Sheriff's Adrian Garcia said one deputy, one supervisor and four detention officers had their employment terminated because they had sexual contact with inmates or other employees.

Garcia said one deputy under investigation has resigned and a supervisor under investigation has retired.

"Their actions are inexcusable because it was crystal clear to all of our employees that this kind of conduct is wrong," Garcia said. "The laws of Texas, the rules of the Sheriff's Office, our training programs and common sense all say so."

The fired deputy has been indicted on a criminal charge, Garcia said.

Garcia said measures will be taken to be sure that similar incidents don't happen. He said more surveillance cameras are being installed inside the county jail.

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