Iowa Department of Public Safety
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Des Moines, Iowa 50319

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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
January 28, 2016
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Press Conference Scheduled on Midwest Academy Search Warrants

KEOKUK, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s (DCI) Major Crime Unit, Special Enforcement Operations Bureau (SEOB), Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), Crime Lab Crime Scene Team, State Fire Marshal Division (SFM), Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center (DOI) and Iowa State Patrol (ISP), in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office began executing two search warrants around 12:30 PM at the Midwest Academy campus (2416 340th Street, Keokuk) and Midwest Treatment Center (2818 Hwy. 218, Montrose).

Agents continue to execute the two search warrants at the locations. 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. 

This is the only allegation that the Iowa DCI has received at this time involving the Midwest Academy.

The Midwest Academy is a therapeutic boarding school that enrolls students from across the nation and around the world.

No charges have been filed or arrests made at this time. Agents continue to work together to thoroughly investigate this very complex, large area.

The Iowa DCI will hold a press conference tomorrow morning, January 29, 2016, at 10:00AM at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office (2530 255th Street, Montrose).

Media Contacts:
Iowa DCI Special Agent in Charge Richard Rahn at (563) 370-5109
Iowa DCI Public Information Officer Alex Murphy (515) 443-3014
Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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