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The former owner of Midwest Academy said the shuttered boarding school near Keokuk has no money and no assets. Ben Trane said he had to sign everything over to his landlord shortly after the school closed in early 2016.

District Court Judge John Linn, Tuesday, rejected the prosecution’s request to move the trial of Ben Trane out of south Lee County. Trane is accused of child and sexual abuse during his time as owner and operator of Midwest Academy.

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Ben Trane sat inside the 2nd floor courtroom of the south Lee County Courthouse, Monday morning, wearing a brown Lee County Jail jumpsuit and shackles. He was there to request the court release him from police custody while his criminal case proceeds.

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A wrongful termination lawsuit filed against Midwest Academy now names owner Ben Trane as a defendant. Cheyenne Jerred is claiming that she was fired for coming forward about Trane sexually abusing a student at the now closed boarding school for troubled teens, which is located near Keokuk.