Grand jury indicts two Harris County detention officer sergeants

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HOUSTON - Two Harris County detention sergeants have been indicted and relieved of duty for their role in a 2013 incident involving inmate Terry Goodwin.

John Figaroa and Ricky Pickens-Wilson were each indicted for two counts of tampering with a governmental record.

The charges stem from a Harris County District Attorney investigation into the circumstances involving deplorable conditions inside Terry Goodwin`s cell at the county jail.

In October, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia said, "I remain damn angry and I`m outraged of the recent accounts over failure at the Harris County Jail. The mentally ill should not be housed in the Harris County Jail for treatment they should otherwise get in the community."

Figaroa and Pickens-Wilson allegedly signed forms indicating Goodwin`s cell had been searched. Within days, however, a sheriff`s office compliance team discovered unsanitary conditions inside Goodwin`s cell.

Tampering with a governmental record is a third degree felony. The punishment range is two-to-10 years with up to a $10,000 fine.

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