KEOKUK, Iowa – The Latest news about the process of Iowa, a boarding school director charged with the abuse of the students (all times are local):
A southeast Iowa jury has found a former boarding school director guilty of abusing students.
EAVERAGE-TV reports that on Friday morning members of the jury found Benjamin Trane guilty of intent to commit sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, and child in danger. The jury began deliberating Thursday afternoon.
Trane was the owner and director of Midwest Academy, in Keokuk.
The school was closed in January 2016, after a raid by federal, state and local officials. About 100 students were sent home or on to other schools.
Earlier in the process, Trane had sometimes with tears in his eyes, rejected charges that he sexually and physically abused children at the school.
A jury is scheduled to resume deliberations Friday in the sexual abuse and other charges against the former director of a southeast Iowa boarding school.
The Hawk Eye reports that Benjamin Trane ‘ s lawyer said during closing arguments Thursday the accusations against him were unfounded, coming from a troubled teenager who was angry with Trane for punishing her for breaking rules at Midwest Academy in Keokuk.
Prosecutor Denise Timmins said: there is no forensic evidence to confirm that the girl’s reports of sexual abuse, there is a huge amount of corroborating testimony of other people.
The jury deliberated for about an hour Thursday afternoon before recessing.
Midwest school was closed in January 2016, after a raid by federal, state and local officials. About 100 students were sent home or on to other schools.
Information from: The Hawk Eye, http://www.thehawkeye.com