Former school owner in court; request for lowered bond

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Ben Trane, former owner of Midwest Academy in Lee County, Iowa, had a court hearing Monday.

Trane turned himself in to officials on September 7th, accused of third degree sex abuse, child endangerment with no injury and sexual exploitation.

A written arraignment was filed this past Friday with a written plea of not guilty.

A trial date has yet to be set.

In court on Monday, the existing bond of $500,000 was requested to be lowered.

The request is currently under advisement by the Judge.

Trane remains lodged in jail.

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