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Iowa opted not to act in case of intellectually disabled men


DES MOINES (KWWL) -- It appears state officials thought something was wrong, but could find a way to act to protect several Texas men living and working in Iowa.

Officials with the Iowa Department of Human Services publicly released a controversial report on Tuesday.  The report shows DHS workers twice looked into the treatment of intellectually disabled Texas men who were housed in Atalissa and both times decided they couldn't act.

Officials say they discovered a 38-page file about two weeks ago at the department's Muscatine County office. It shows social workers contemplated intervening in the treatment of the men in the 1970s and again in 1997.

The men, who worked at a nearby meatpacking plant, lived at a 106-year-old boarded-up house that the state fire marshal ordered closed earlier this month. They were employed by a Texas employment contractor, Henry's Turkey Service.

Last week, Human Services Director Gene Gessow referred to the file in testimony to lawmakers.

Online Producer:  JJ Murray

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