No Arrests Made So Far In Midwest Academy Sex Abuse Investigation

Law enforcement officers from a host of federal, state, and local agencies carried out search warrants Thursday at the Midwest Academy campus in southeast Iowa’s Lee County. Friday, Iowa DCI Special Agent in Charge Richard Rahn provided a few details about the investigation at a news conference in Montrose.

The investigation involves alleged sexual abuse by a staff member of a former student. Rahn called the investigation a “complex and fluid” situation.

“Currently, there are no charges that have been filed and there are no arrests,” Rahn said.

Iowa Department of Human Services investigators said they have conducted 28 assessments at the Midwest Academy. Very little other information about the case was released. Midwest Academy is described as a “therapeutic boarding school that enrolls students from across the nation and world.” Gabriel Poling, with the FBI, urged anyone with information about the Midwest Academy that may be beneficial to the investigation to call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).

“Perhaps you’ve thought about calling in the past and you haven’t, because you thought you wouldn’t be believed. Perhaps you thought about calling, but you thought your information wasn’t important enough. We want to hear from you. So, please do call if you have any information you think would help this investigation,” Poling said.