Beacon Journal staff report
A New Franklin man is accused of conspiring with a Barberton woman to drug a 4-year-old girl and then photograph the child being raped.
Jacob L. Singleton, 33, and Cecilia D. Lower, 30, were arrested Oct. 23 by Barberton police, court records show. Each is being held in the Summit County Jail under $1 million bonds.
Lower is charged with two counts of rape and a single count of pandering obscenities involving a minor. Singleton is charged with complicity to rape and pandering obscenities.
Barberton police say Singleton stole a prescription antidepressant from a family member and gave it to Lower to administer to the child.
Singleton then instructed Lower to “engage in sexual contact of various measures” with the girl, photograph the activity and forward the images to his cellphone, police said. Court records show the crimes occurred in July.
Police say Lower also gave an unidentified prescription medication to another juvenile. It is unclear if the second child also was abused sexually. A department spokesman could not comment.
Detectives said they obtained a search warrant for each suspect’s residence and recovered cellphones, sexual devices and drugs.
Attorneys Don Malarcik and Scott Rilley, who were appointed to represent Singleton and Lower, respectively, declined comment Tuesday night.