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2 search warrants executed at Midwest Academy in Keokuk; press conference Friday

2 search warrants executed at Midwest Academy in Keokuk

Alex Murphy, the Public Information Officer at the Iowa Department of Public Safety, has confirmed with KHQA that currently there are several officers at the Midwest Academy in Keokuk.

Midwest Academy is a boarding school.

Two search warrants were executed around 12:30 p.m. at the Midwest Academy campus, 2416 340th Street, and Midwest Treatment Center, 2818 Highway 218 in Montrose.

The search warrants stem from an investigation of alleged sexual abuse involving a staff member of the 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 has students enrolled from around the country and the world.

Agents continue to work together to thoroughly investigate this very complex, large area.

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 are all assisting in these executions.

The Iowa Department of Human Services was also called to assist with this investigation.

As a result, DHS investigators have currently conducted 28 assessments at the Midwest Academy.

No charges have been files or arrets made at this time.

Agents continue to work together to thoroughly investigate this very complex, large area.

A press conference was held at 10 a.m. in Montrose. KHQA's Michael Polarchy was there.

Richard Rahn, special agent for Iowa Criminal Division says they've received phone calls from parents regarding Midwest Academy.

Rahn says evidence was taken from both Midwest Academy locations in Keokuk and Montrose, Iowa.

Polarchy talked with a former student of the Academy. See the entire interview tonight on KHQA news at 5, 6, & 10.


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