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December 24, 2017

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Midwest Academy Victim Statement Information

-IMPORTANT- THE FORM MUST BE SUBMITTED BY JANUARY 22ND TO BE CONSIDERED BY THE COURT. To fill out a Victim Statement to the court, follow these instructions: Download the PDF form here. Either print the form and fill it out manually, then re-scan it, or use an app that allows you to write on PDFs, […]

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January 11, 2018

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Justice for Ben? Our response to Jacob Franklin’s victim shaming

Jacob Franklin proves Midwest Academy sat on abuse allegations In an ill-conceived attempt to convert WWASP Survivors to his views, Jacob Franklin shared screenshots of an email sent to Midwest Academy on November 29, 2015 by the parents of Ben Trane’s victim.The primary significance of this email – which we assume was lost on Franklin […]

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January 4, 2018

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Justice for Ben? Clearing the Record on Ben Trane’s Trial

It pains me to have to write this article but in light of recent events, I am compelled to write about something that was called to our attention. As you may have read on our site or any number of other media outlets, Ben Trane was found guilty of all charges on December 22nd, 2017. […]

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December 22, 2017

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Ben Trane Found Guilty on Sex Abuse Charges

Benjamin Trane, the former owner and director of Midwest Academy, shows no emotion as he was found guilty on three counts in his sexual abuse and child endangerment trial, Friday Dec. 22, 2017 at the South Lee County Courthouse in Keokuk, Iowa. [John Lovretta/thehawkeye.com]After two weeks of trial, it took a Lee County jury less […]

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December 14, 2017

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Jury Impaneled, Trial Begins for Ben Trane Sex Abuse Charges

Testimony began Wednesday in Keokuk, Iowa, in the trial of former Midwest Academy owner and director Ben Trane, who has charged with offenses including sexual abuse of a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor, and child endangerment. The charges spring from Trane’s conduct at the school, including alleged grooming behavior and the forcible rape of […]

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December 12, 2017

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Jury Selection Begins in Ben Trane’s Sex Abuse Criminal Trial

Jury selection began Tuesday in Keokuk for Ben Trane’s criminal trial. Trane faces charges of sexual abuse of a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor, and child endangerment, all in relation to his conduct as owner and director of Midwest Academy, a now-shuttered “therapeutic boarding school” for so-called troubled teens in this small town in […]

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November 3, 2017

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Narvin Lichfield Has Been Convicted of Poaching 5 Times

Narvin Lichfield with Dead Deer

We’re digging into Narvin’s criminal records. (More on that later, stay tuned…especially you, Narv! We know you read these!) As we were digging through the not-inconsiderable number of records, we ran across this little nugget: Narvin Lichfield has been issued 5 separate tickets by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources for illegal deer hunting. […]

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September 29, 2017

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Narvin Lichfield Changes His Program’s Name…Again

We recently came to you with the story of one Palmetto Ranch, a program in South Carolina that seemed eerily similar to two other programs that had previously occupied the same location- Carolina Springs Academy and Seneca Ranch. There were also two other names this facility had been advertised under: Magnolia Christian and Second Chance Ranch. […]

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January 13, 2017

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Palmetto Therapeutic Boarding School Now Open at Former Carolina Springs, Seneca Ranch Property

  It has recently come to our attention that a school calling itself “Palmetto Therapeutic Boarding School” has recently been opened in a South Carolina property formerly occupied by WWASP program Carolina Springs Academy. It’s natural to wonder if this is a WWASP program. We cannot answer that question, but we can offer some insights. […]

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February 5, 2016

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Midwest Academy Closed by Authorities

Midwest Academy has been closed Friday after authorities raided the school in Keokuk, Iowa and a related site in nearby Montrose, while investigating into alleged sexual abuse of children at the school by staff. According to local TV station KHQA, authorities ordered the school closed and began contacting parents to come pick up their children. Parents were reportedly given […]

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