Jury selection for Lee County trial to begin Tuesday

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Jury selection for the trial of a former owner of a private school for troubled youth will begin Tuesday at the South Lee County Courthouse.

That's according to the Daily Gate.

Former Midwest Academy owner Ben Trane will go on trial for alleged sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and placing students in isolation boxes for lengthy time periods.

Trane has pleaded not guilty to sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and child endangerment charges.

A hearing to determine damages to be awarded to the parents and former students as part of the default judgement will be held after the conclusion of Trane's criminal case.

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