Kids, Sex and Crack Cocaine
Middletown mom, 2 former neighbors indicted amid charges
of corruption and rape
BY SHEILA MCLAUGHLIN | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER
MIDDLETOWN - Three youngsters, including a boy and girl
as young as 12, are being treated for crack cocaine
addiction, and one had sex in exchange for the highly
addictive drug, authorities said.
That's the fallout, police and prosecutors say, from a
two-month investigation that ended in indictments this week
of the mother of two of the youngsters and two former
neighbors at the Williamsburg Place Apartments on Jackson
"This is deeply, deeply disturbing," Butler County
Prosecutor Robin Piper said Friday. "It shows people will do
just about anything to feed the addiction."
A county grand jury charged Lola McKinney, 39, Elizabeth
Ann Tabar, 26, and Tabar's mother, Darlene Griffin, 52, each
with three felony counts of corrupting another with drugs
and three felony counts of permitting drug abuse.
Tabar also faces a felony charge of complicity to rape
for allegedly encouraging the 12-year-old, who lived in the
complex but is not related to any of the women, to have sex
with a man in exchange for crack. Police still are
investigating the man.
Tabar has been jailed on a $150,000 bond since her arrest
in March. Griffin, who recently was evicted, and McKinney,
who still lives there, remain free and are scheduled to
appear in Butler County Common Pleas Court for an
arraignment hearing May 9.
McKinney and Griffin were not charged earlier, but were
indicted after the grand jury heard evidence this week.