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Two arrested for rape, meth charges in Meigs County, OH

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Ohio couple arrested on drug charges in Meigs County Ohio couple arrested on drug charges in Meigs County

Two people are in jail for rape and meth charges in Meigs County, Ohio.

According to police, 39-year old Joseph Stewart was arrested Thursday and is charged with rape, illegal manufacturing of drugs and illegal assembly of chemicals used to manufacture meth.

Brenda Stewart, 43, was also arrested Thursday and is charged with illegal manufacturing of drugs and endangering children.

Police say deputies responded to 60 1/2 Cole Street in the Village of Middleport on an anonymous tip to the Meigs County Department of Jobs & Family Services concerning allegations of a methamphetamine lab and sexual abuse of a minor child.

While searching the residence, deputies located a one pot reactionary vessel and white powder, which tested positive for methamphetamine, along with chemicals used in the production of methamphetamine.

Due to the volatile situation presented by the meth lab, deputies along with the Middleport Police Department evacuated the apartment complex displacing several occupants from the complex.

Deputies along with Department of Jobs & Family interviewed a minor female whom indicated forced sexual abuse by her step father.

After interviewing the minor child's mother along with the step father, it was determined sexual abuse had occurred. 

Both Joseph and Brenda Stewart appeared in Meigs County Court Thursday.

Both their bonds are set at $500,000.

They are both being held in the Middleport Jail.