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Harris County Sheriff fires six jail staffers on sexual misconduct accusations

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

An investigation has resulted in the firing of six Harris County Jail staffers and the resignations of two others.

Friday, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia held a news conference to talk about the investigation and the resulting terminations.

Garcia said the employees he fired had been with the office for a full decade.  They are accused of sexual misconduct between employees and inmates.  The supervisors are also accused of failing to take action.

-- One deputy was fired and charged
-- One supervisor was fired
-- Four civilian detention officers were fired
-- One deputy resigned during the investigation
-- One supervisor resigned during the investigation

Garcia said his office is taking measures to ensure this never happens again, including adding more security cameras inside the jail.

"One of the toughest things I have to do is discipline those few employees who make it harder for their colleagues to be trusted and admired by the public," he said.  "So although I try to be as fair as possible, I will not hesitate to punish employees who break the law or egregiously violate the rules."

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