Pair sentenced to life in Ohio child sex abuse case

AKRON -- A judge in Akron has sentenced a man and woman to life in prison for sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy.

Jacob L. Singleton, 33, and Cecilia D. Lower, 30, pleaded guilty on May 2 to charges including rape with sexually violent predator specifications, corrupting a minor with drugs, pandering, and endangering children.

Prosecutors say Singleton and Lower drugged the girl with a stolen antidepressant and photographed the abuse. Prosecutors said photos of the abuse of the boy were shared by the couple on Facebook.

"What Cecilia Lower and Jacob Singleton did to these two children is truly sickening," said Prosecutor Walsh. "Thanks to the hard work of Barberton Detective Matt Hudak and my prosecutors, these two will be out of the community for a very long time."

Lower and Singleton will be eligible for parole after serving 25 years in prison. They were also classified as Tier III Sex Offenders, which requires they register their places of residence and employment with the Sheriff's Office every 90 days if they are ever released from prison.


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