"We are still interviewing kids and making sure the kids are safe," Unruh said.
"I would like to see a more thorough investigation to see if there are more victims." Jim Hurley, a spokesman for the juvenile justice department, said he could not comment on the continuing investigation.
Before going to work with youths, Wright worked with adult inmates as a corrections officer at the Ware prison unit in Colorado City from January through December 2013, according to a TDCJ spokesman.
He resigned after he was caught on video leaving a pastry on an inmate's bunk.
Brandi attributed some recent problems to budget cuts and rising inmate numbers: As the agency's population and facilities shrunk, so did the budget that lawmakers approved.
But the population has begun to increase, and on Thursday the agency reported that it is housing 15.5 percent more youths than it has the budget to serve.
A 15 percent increase following a 80 percent reduction still amounts to perhaps 150 kids, so that doesn't explain a 0 million budget request, much of which likely stems from facility upgrades and other changes to comply with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act.
Wright began working there in 2014, and investigators since the arrest have uncovered several allegations of abuse starting as early as December 2015, said Debbie Unruh, the independent ombudsman for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.
Wright, a former corrections officer who oversaw adult prisoners at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, continued working at the agency even after officials there discovered he had a history of disciplinary infractions at his previous job, she said.
Instead, we're sending more to state youth prisons.
The agency says solving these problems will require a big investment: While lawmakers told the agency to cut nearly million from its budget for the 2018-19 biennium, the agency has said it needs nearly 0 million more than it is allotted to keep up with the growing population and meet federal rape prevention requirements, among other needs.