Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini announced this week that his detectives had received information that several children, male and female from the ages of 3 to 13 had allegedly been sexually molested.

Captain John W. Murphy stated that detectives have been working around the clock on obtaining information on possible victims. As a result of this ongoing investigation, detectives have identified several child victims that have allegedly been sexually assaulted. During this investigation, the detectives contacted Scioto County Children Services to have children removed and placed into a safe home.

Throughout this investigation, detectives were able to obtain evidence that multiple children had been taken to a house in the Wheelersburg area by adults where they allegedly were traded for drugs and money. As a result, the children were allegedly sexually assaulted by several people that included being filmed and pictures being taken.

Murphy stated that detectives will continue to work on this joint investigation with all other agencies, including the Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office, FBI and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

“We will continue to work effortlessly with these agencies to assure the safety of all the children in our community,” Murphy said.

Arrested were Magan R. Richmond, 32, of Portsmouth; Tasha Stringer, 37, of Wheelersburg; and Kathryn McMullen, 36, of South Webster.

All three women have been charged with one count of rape, a felony of the first degree.

Captain John W. Murphy stated this is still an ongoing investigation and that more charges will be presented to the Scioto County Grand Jury on these individuals, along with others, on a later date.

Anyone with information regarding this case should contact Detective Jodi Conkel at 740-351-1091.