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Former staff claims Iowa center exploited disabled patients

This photo taken Dec. 19, 2019, shows a sign with a smiling face greets drivers as they enter the Glenwood Resource Center campus in Glenwood, Iowa. Two doctors and other former employees of an Iowa care center for people with intellectual disabilities have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, against a state agency and several officials alleging a conspiracy to silence complaints about sexual arousal research they claim exploited fragile and dependent residents. PHOTO: Miami Herald/The Des Moines Register/AP/Kelsay Kremer

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By David Pitt | 11 February 2020

MIAMI HERALD (ASSOCIATED PRESS) — Two doctors and other former employees of an Iowa care center for people with intellectual disabilities have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against a state agency and several officials, alleging a conspiracy to silence complaints about sexual arousal research that included using pornographic material that they claim exploited fragile and dependent residents.

The allegations center on Jerry Rea, the former superintendent of the Glenwood Resource Center, a researcher hired in 2017 by the state of Iowa from Kansas. Lawsuit plaintiffs claim Rea was determined to turn the state-owned facility into a research center through medical experimentation, including “sexual arousal research” on extremely fragile and dependent residents.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court by Dr. John Heffron and Dr. Michael Langenfeld, two former Glenwood doctors, and other former employees, including an assistant superintendent, a guardian for two patients, the director of quality management and a nurse practitioner. […]

1 Comment on Former staff claims Iowa center exploited disabled patients

  1. the research is bogus on the face of it ,they are called retards or developmentally disabled or mentally deficient, or hi functioniong or low gradewhover ran the research was a perv cowtowing to his prurient interests and getting paid

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