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Midwest Academy in Keokuk. Midwest Academy in Keokuk.

Lawsuit accuses Iowa boarding school of culture of abuse

Six former students have filed a lawsuit alleging that an Iowa boarding school kept them in isolation boxes for days at a time, allowed sexual abuse and provided inadequate medical care.

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Iowa's governor comments on Keokuk boarding school under investigation

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad tours a newly renovated room in an apartment complex that used to be Fort Madison Middle School. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad tours a newly renovated room in an apartment complex that used to be Fort Madison Middle School.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad visited Fort Madison Wednesday night. During a tour at an old school that's been turned into an apartment complex, he answered questions about Keokuk's Midwest Academy, which remains under investigation following sexual abuse allegations. Branstad says he's open to more state oversight as Iowa lawmakers consider new standards and regulations for boarding schools. Meanwhile, there's now a new issue for former employees at the school ,which has been closed...

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Midwest Academy owner center of ongoing investigation

Boarding school owner Ben Trane Boarding school owner Ben Trane

There's now a bombshell development in the ongoing sexual abuse investigation at Midwest Academy in Keokuk. Court documents now show the owner, Ben Trane, is now a suspect in the abuse allegations.

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Charges could take months for Midwest Academy sex abuse case

Boarding school owner Ben Trane Boarding school owner Ben Trane

A southeast Iowa prosecutor says it could take months before any charges, if at all, are filed in the Midwest Academy sex abuse case. The Iowa Attorney General's office says they are stepping in to help Lee County Attorney Michael Short because of the complexity of the case and the limited resources in Short's office. 

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Former students, staff fire back after abuse allegations at Midwest Academy

Tyler McGyghy, a former employee of Midwest Academy says he didn't witness any abuse at the school in the seven years he was there. Tyler McGyghy, a former employee of Midwest Academy says he didn't witness any abuse at the school in the seven years he was there.

Monday night at Ten, we talked with a former student and a former employee of Midwest Academy, who say they witnessed abusive incidents at the school. Tuesday night, another former student and a former employee pushed back. saying it's not true.

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Midwest Academy owner says students removed from facility

Authorities search Midwest Academy Friday as part of a sexual abuse investigation. Authorities search Midwest Academy Friday as part of a sexual abuse investigation.

The owner of Midwest Academy in Keokuk says students were removed over the weekend amid a sexual abuse investigation. Owner Ben Trane said the Iowa Department of Human Services gave parents 24 hours Friday to pick up their kids. 

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Midwest Academy officially closed after sexual abuse allegations

Ben Trane, owner of Midwest Academy, speaks at a press conference Friday. Ben Trane, owner of Midwest Academy, speaks at a press conference Friday.

The owner of Midwest Academy in Keokuk is speaking out one week after authorities raided the campus, acting on allegations of sexual abuse involving a staff member and a former student.

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Former students, staff speak out after Midwest Academy closes for good

The Midwest Academy logo. The Midwest Academy logo.

Former students and staff of Midwest Academy are coming forward after the school shut down last week following an investigation into sexual abuse between a teacher and a student. 

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