WHEELERSBURG, Ohio (AP) — A judge has raised the bail for three women who face rape charges after several children were taken to an Ohio home where authorities said they were traded for sexual assault in return for drugs and money.
Magan Richmond, 32, of Portsmouth; Tasha Stringer, 37, of Wheelersburg, and Kathryn McMullen, 36, of South Webster, all made their initial court appearances Monday, when bail for each was raised from $100,000 to $500,000. The women appeared at the hearing through video conference, and it wasn’t clear Tuesday if any of the women have retained attorneys or entered pleas.
The Scioto County Sheriff’s office has said the children, who ranged in age from 3 to 13, were taken by adults to a house in the Wheelersburg area, where the assaults occurred. Video and pictures were taken of the sex assaults, the sheriff’s office has said.
The children are now in state custody, and authorities have not said if any of them are related to any of the three women. Officials say there could be more victims, and it’s likely that more charges will be filed.