KU Researcher Sued for Exploiting Disabled Patients

Free Case Evaluation

KU Researcher Sued for Exploiting Disabled Patients

A lawsuit accuses former University of Kansas adjunct research professor, Jerry Rea, of using more than 200 severely disable patients at a state-run home in Iowa as subjects in research for sexual arousal.

According to the lawsuit, Rea was determined to turn the Glenwood Resource Center into a research center through medical experimentation, including sexual arousal on very fragile and dependent patients.

Glenwood is an intermediate care facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities and depend on the staff at the facility for their health care.

The suit claims Rea and his team used taxpayer money to purchase devices and tools, including pornographic images, a dedicated computer, software program and joystick for the sole purpose of research. It also says that they didn’t obtain consent from patient guardians before beginning the experiments.

Rea and his staff adjusted the patients’ medications to prepare them for the sexual arousal experiments.

“When a non-physician unilaterally adjusts this medication mix, without understanding these related medications, the risk of patient harm is significant,” the lawsuit says.

The suit says that Rea and other top-level administrators at Glenwood were involved in a scheme to destroy healthcare and supervisory systems, “-designed by the DOJ and other agencies to safeguard the health and civil rights,” of these patients in an attempt to make Glenwood into a research center that conducted “sexual arousal” experiments on the center’s residents.

Cara Sloan, spokeswoman for the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, said that once the department and state hospital found out about the DOJ investigation in Iowa, they proactively and immediately began an internal review of the state hospital’s history of research.

Sloat wrote in an email that the review, “-to date suggests proper ethics and approved protocols were in place based on very robust university-affiliated research policies backed by,” KU and Wichita State University- and that the proper consent was obtained from voluntary participants or legal guardians.

In addition to Rea, the lawsuit also names Glenwood Resource Center and the Iowa Department of Human Services, Jerry R. Foxhaven, the former director of the state’s department of human services; Richard Shults, former DHS director of the Division of Mental Health and Disability; and Mohammad Rehman, the medical director at Glenwood.

 

workers compensation attorneys in dc
[divi_library_shortcode id="987499082"]

Injury Attorneys DC, MD, VA – Get the Compensation You Deserve! Whether you have been injured in a car accident, a malpractice victim, injured on the job, as the result of shoddy craftsmanship, or in a slip and fall, we can help! Our experienced, competent attorneys excel in all areas of personal injury law.

Practice Areas 

FREE CASE EVALUATION

Our team is available and ready to help you with your case. Feel free to contact us via the form below or call us 24/7 at 202-955-4529

Recent Posts

Client Review

"The legal team at Cohen & Cohen did a great job I really appreciate the hard work on gating my compensation in a fair amount of time. Special thanks to Kris for a wonderful job."
Jose Rivera
Client Review

"I had a great experience with the team at Cohen & Cohen. From my intake attorney, Adam, to the paralegal, Bryan, who worked with me regularly for months to document and prepare my case, to Jill, the attorney who secured my settlement, I feel fortunate to have had their representation and expertise on my side."
Lea Harvey
Client Review

Read more:

Hear from our clients

If you have been injured, contact Cohen & Cohen for a free case evaluation today. Our staff is available 24/7 to assist you.

Cohen & Cohen has an  impeccable Client Satisfaction Rating with hundreds of
5 STAR Reviews. We are among the best-rated firms in the areas we serve.

Cohen & Cohen has an  impeccable Client Satisfaction Rating with hundreds of
5 STAR Reviews. We are among the best-rated firms in the areas we serve.

L Proctor
August 30, 2022.
My experience with Cohen &Cohen was beyond my expectations. Jill did an amazing job with negotiating on my behalf and got me way more money than I anticipated. Thank you for having my back.
Ebony Stoutmiles
June 23, 2022.
To say that I am happy with the outcome of my case is the understatement of the century! Jill Stanley is a BEAST at what she does. That is the only way to explain it. She takes no prisoners. She and her team are very skilled and knowledgeable. I am so happy I trusted them to do their job and rolled with Jill's suggestions. I would choose Jill again 100 times. She settled my case for more than I imagined I would receive. I was literally in tears. It is the best feeling to know my pain isn't for naught. Wayne Cohen and Kristopher Yorke were nothing short of amazing. They have the patience of saints. I'm 100% certain that I got on their last nerves with my frustration and tears at every other call I had with them. Being in pain and wanting to just be able to heal was all I could focus on, but they helped me realize that I also had to focus on the bigger picture (the case) so I could put this piece behind me. As a high-strung individual with anxiety, it was hard for me to not worry and let them do their jobs, but they reassured me all of the time that they had this. To be injured before the start of the pandemic and have to receive regular, weekly treatment while others are able to stay home is anxiety inducing. I was in pain, I was anxious, and I was just hoping it all worked out. It more than worked out. I hope Jill, Siri, and Kris know how much their hard work and "hanging in there" meant to me. I am eternally grateful. I can't recommend you all enough. If you choose this law firm, you won't be sorry!
Beloved Temple
June 3, 2022.
I was very pleased with the handling of my case and settlement with Cohen& Cohen. I appreciate them, would highly recommend them.
willie howell
May 25, 2022.
COHEN & COHEN ARE THE BEST I WAS INVOLVED IN A REAR END CAR CRASH AND 2 YEARS LATER I HAVE RECEIVED MY SETTLEMENT I AM VERY EXCITED TO SAY BRYAN!!! IS THE MAN HE INSURED THEY WILL TAKE CARE OF ME AND THEY DID 100% ANY QUESTIONS I ASKED THEY WERE ANSWERED. Jill and SIRI WAS ALSO REMARKABLE AND SHOWED THEY REALLY CARED I RECOMMEND COHEN &COHEN TO ANYONE THEY ALSO MADE SURE I GOT MORE THAN EXPECTED WHICH WAS AMAZING I APPRECIATE YOU GUYS THANK U💯
Jose Rivera
May 25, 2022.
The legal team at cohen & cohen did a great job I really appreciate the hard work on gating my compensation in a fair amount of time. Special thanks to Kris for a wonderful job
Lea Harvey
May 25, 2022.
I had a great experience with the team at Cohen & Cohen. From my intake attorney, Adam, to the paralegal, Bryan, who worked with me regularly for months to document and prepare my case, to Jill, the attorney who secured my settlement, I feel fortunate to have had their representation and expertise on my side.
Cameron Galloway (HustleDaGod)
May 19, 2022.
Kris was phenomenal. Spectacular communication & knowledge in regards to my case. Would definitely return if I needed more legal services. 100% definitely recommend.