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Iowa boarding school for troubled teens raided by cops after alleged sexual abuse

This news story was published on January 28, 2016.
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search-warrantKEOKUK, IOWA – Federal, state and local law enforcement and other agencies have raided an Iowa boarding school for troubled teens today, seeking clues in an alleged sexual abuse case.

Two search warrants at are being executing in two locations in Keokuk, Iowa in Lee county today. The agencies involved in these searches include: The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Major Crime Unit (MCU), Special Enforcement Operations Bureau (SEOB), Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), Iowa DCI Crime Lab Crime Scene Team, State Fire Marshal Division (SFM), Iowa State Patrol (ISP) Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center (DOI), along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

The search warrants stem from an investigation of alleged sexual abuse involving a staff member of the Midwest Academy and a former student of the academy.

The first search warrant is being executed at the Midwest Academy campus, located at 2416 340th Street, in Keokuk. The Midwest Academy is a therapeutic boarding school that has students enrolled from around the country and the world.

“We provide struggling teens with a safe, structured and disciplined environment,” the agency claims, and also says it “provides a safe, comfortable, structured and disciplined environment while offering the industry’s best Academics, Therapy and Seminar programs.”

A second search warrant is being executed at a second location also affiliated with the Midwest Academy at 2818 Hwy. 218, in Montrose, Iowa.

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4 Responses to Iowa boarding school for troubled teens raided by cops after alleged sexual abuse

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    Michelle Reply Report comment

    January 31, 2016 at 8:20 am

    We have a child that was enrolled there. Based on how DHS has treated us and the children during this investigation, I’m not sure we can truly believe anything that they say about Midwest Academy. My child was questioned at 4:00 in the morning on Friday, after being kept in a gym since noon the previous day, sequestered with all of the other students. Then, later that same day, we got a call from DHS saying that all students had to picked up within the next couple of hours or they’d be placed into care…We are from NY and couldn’t physically get there in time. They took our child (14 years old) and dumped him at a homeless shelter!!! And now that he was placed there by court order, we have to go to court to get him out!!!!! DHS has done nothing the right way in this whole investigation–We have faith in the school to do what is right and DHS has come in and WAY overstepped and thrown our lives into upheaval in just 24 hours!!!!! Please follow this link to encourage the district attorney to become involved and stop DHS from their witch hunt and start doing things the right way!!!!

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      anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 31, 2016 at 8:39 am

      Official dumb ass….this story has nothing to do with your baby. If you cared soich why weren’t you there instead of being in “community” college getting high on drugs? Knock it off with the dead baby stuff.

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    Carly Reply Report comment

    January 28, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    You think you are sending your kids to a safe and secure place… Some of these places are nothing but warehouses for throwaway kids.

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    Allen Reply Report comment

    January 28, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    While I agree that this investigation is a good thing, It must be very serious, as to have 10 departments investigating it. Send troubled teens to a treatment center, then have them mistreated by the workers. If found to be true, the workers need to be dealt with severely.