AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A judge being sued by an advocacy group for ordering a 15-year-old girl to be returned to a home with her grandmother and a registered sex-offender says the allegations against him are false.
Retired state District Judge Terry Flenniken declined to comment when the suit was filed Wednesday by the Texas Center For Defense of Life.
But in a statement Friday he wrote: "my record speaks for itself and reflects the highest degree of concern for the protection of children."
The suit alleges that last year, Flenniken knowingly placed the minor with her legal guardian and former step grandmother, despite her living with the sex offender in Caldwell, east of Austin.
Months later, the sex offender, Edward Clinton Lee, shot and killed the guardian and sexually assaulted the teen.