EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSTwo Arrested After Deputies Get Tip About Alleged Meth Lab, Sex Abuse
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Reported by: Heath Harrison
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Aug. 22, 2013 5:58 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 23, 2013 9:12 AM EDT
Middleport , Meigs County , Ohio
Two people were arrested in Meigs County, after deputies received an anonymous tip concerning an alleged meth lab and sex abuse of a minor, according to a news release from the Meigs County Sherrif.
Joseph Stewart, 39, of Middleport was arrested and charged with first degree rape, illegal manufacturing of drugs and illegal assembly of chemicals used to manufacture meth.
Deputies, along with officials from the Department of Jobs and Family, said they interviewed a minor female whom indicated forced sexual abuse by her stepfather.
After interviewing the child’s mother, it was determined sexual abuse had occurred.
While searching the residence, deputies said they found meth-making equipment, which tested positive for methamphetamine. Due to the volatile nature of the situation, the apartment complex was evacuated.
Brenda Stewart, 43, was also arrested and was charged with illegal manufacturing of drugs and endangering children.
Both were arraigned in Meigs County Court and taken to Middleport jail, with bond set at $500,000 each.
Middleport police and fire department and Athens County Sheriff’s deputies assisted in neutralizing the chemicals.
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