Obradovich: Branstad says state workers guilty of abuse, but he hasn’t dug into details

Gov. Terry Branstad on Monday said cases of child abuse, elder abuse and sexual abuse by state employees are being hidden from the public by confidentiality laws related to personnel records.

At his weekly news conference, Branstad was peppered with questions from reporters for the second week in a row about confidential settlements to former state employees. He again raised concerns that employees fired for serious misconduct are able to keep allegations under wraps because some personnel records are confidential.

“One of the concerns I have as the chief executive of the state is we do have state employees that have been guilty … involved in certain misconduct: Elder abuse, child abuse, sexual misconduct,” Branstad said.

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