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DCI assisted in DHS investigation at Glenwood Resource Center

GLENWOOD — The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was asked to see if anything criminal occurred at a state-run facility where a federal investigation is c...

GLENWOOD — The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was asked to see if anything criminal occurred at a state-run facility where a federal investigation is currently underway to determine if human experimentation occurred, the agency confirmed Tuesday.

In a letter, the U.S. Department of Justice requested the Iowa Department of Human Services send proof of consent from residents at Glenwood Resource Center or their legal guardians to participate in a “Sexual Arousal Study” and “Optimal Hydration Projects”.

Iowa DCI was asked by the Iowa Department of Human Services to assist in their investigation, according to Assistant Director Mitch Mortvedt.

“On Friday, [Iowa DHS] Director Garcia requested support from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to assist in reviewing additional allegations made in the course of her fact-finding efforts,” an Iowa DHS spokesperson said in a statement. “The Department of Human Services (DHS) will continue to be transparent and provide updates as this unfolds, being careful not to jeopardize any aspect of the investigation. Additionally, DHS is working with Glenwood Resource Center (GRC) Parent Family Group to arrange a town hall to hear from, and speak directly with, families.”

No arrests have been made and the investigation is still ongoing.

Local 5 will continue to provide updates on this breaking news story.

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