New location sought for trial of boarding school owner
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — Prosecutors want to move out of Lee County the trial of a boarding school owner on sex abuse and other charges.
A motion filed Friday in Lee County South District Court cited pretrial publicity in seeking a new location for the trial of Ben Trane. He’s pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and child endangerment. Court records don’t list a date for a hearing or ruling on the motion. Trane’s trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 12.
Investigators allege Trane used his position at the for-profit Midwest Academy in Keokuk to pursue sexual relationships with teenage students while keeping others in solitary confinement.