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Founder of state-contracted child abuse shelter hopes to reopen after employee was accused of exploiting two girls

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The founder of a state-contracted shelter for child victims of sex trafficking told lawmakers Monday that she was troubled to learn of the exploitation of a girl in her organization’s care and that she hopes that her facility will be able to open soon.The Bastrop shelter, known as The Refuge, ordered a background check before hiring the employee who was accused in late January of selling nude pictures of two girls in the facility’s care. Nothing showed up, the founder, Brooke Crowder, testified.Crowder revealed that the employee worked at six other state-licensed child care facilities before working at The Refuge,

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