State Law Enforcement Helps in Glenwood Center Inquiry

Des Moines, Iowa – The director of the Iowa Department of Human Services has sought help from state criminal investigators to look into allegations of possible human experiments focused on sexual arousal and other issues at the Glenwood Resource Center, a state institution for developmentally disabled people.

DHS spokesman Matt Highland said Dec. 17 that the agency’s director asked the Iowa Department of Public Safety for help. Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Assistant Director Mitch Mortvedt said the agency was at the facility Dec. 16 and is evaluating information. He first indicated the DCI involvement may be limited but later said it’s an ongoing investigation.

The state agency learned last month that the U.S. Department of Justice civil rights division is investigating with federal prosecutors from Des Moines whether the state is violating the federal rights of Glenwood residents by placing them at risk with uncontrolled human subject experiments and whether there have been harmful restraint practices or incidents causing needless injury.

DHS will continue to be transparent and provide updates on the investigation, Highland said.

– Associated Press


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