Backyard brawl between kids costs Abilene man job with TDCJ


ABILENE, Texas - A Texas Department of Criminal Justice employee from Abilene is no longer with the department because of a video that made waves on social media featuring a backyard brawl between two young girls.

Back in April, KTXS showed video of Ronald Wagman encouraging his daughter and another girl to fight in the backyard of his north Abilene home.


Wagman, who was an investigator with the Office of Inspector General-TDCJ, was put on administrative leave. KTXS has now learned Wagman resigned back in May before the investigation was complete.


In April, KTXS filed an open records request to get details about the investigation.

Tuesday, we received a letter from the OIG-TDCJ stating that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's Office ruled the department is only required to release "basic public information about this matter."

The information released by the OIG-TDCJ includes the date of the brawl - which was April 11. It states the investigation was opened on April 19, the same day KTXS brought it to their attention, as well as the alleged violation - which was on-duty of off-duty conduct. General Rules of Conduct and Disciplinary Action Guidelines for Employees

On-Duty or Off-Duty Conduct - Violation Level 1: Any action on the part of an employee that jeopardizes the integrity or security of TDCJ institutions, calls into question the employee's ability to perform effectively and efficiently in the employee's position, or casts doubt upon the integrity of the employee is prohibited. An employee may be charged with this violation only when the employee's conduct is not chargeable under any other violation. The employee's specific conduct shall be clearly identified.

The one-page document released by OIG-TDCJ also includes the names of the other three people involved in he brawl. We have chosen not to release the other names.

We tried to reach out to Wagman, who promised to share his side of the story once the investigation was over, but according to records we found, he has since moved to the Dallas area.

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