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Former Midwest Academy owner arrested

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Former Midwest Academy owner Ben Trane spoke at a press conference in February 2016 after authorities raided the campus following sex abuse allegations. Former Midwest Academy owner Ben Trane spoke at a press conference in February 2016 after authorities raided the campus following sex abuse allegations.

Lee County Sheriff Stacy Weber confirmed Thursday night that former Midwest Academy owner Ben Trane turned himself in and is now in the Lee County Jail on three felony charges.

Weber said Trane made the decision after learning there were warrants for his arrest. A Lee County dispatcher said the charges included sexual abuse against a victim's will, a 3rd degree felony. Dispatchers said Trane is also charged with child endangerment and sex exploit therapist pattern.

Authorities said he was in the Lee County Jail on a $500,000 cash-only bond Thursday night.

Trane is the former owner of Midwest Academy in Keokuk, which has been closed since early 2016. Authorities raided the campus January 28, 2016 as part of an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse involving a staff member and a former student.

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