A small Wiregrass town is still in shock after the arrest of eight adults and two minors in a series of rapes. Multiple victims in the case range in age from 11 to 15.
Last Friday, Coffee/Pike County District Attorney Gary McAliley flanked by Elba and New Brockton Police announced the arrests: nine suspects ranging in age from 16 to 21.
On one occasion, 20-year-old Olivia Hughes reportedly recorded the children engaged in sex acts with adults.
Authorities say in a second report, parents were dropping off their female children at a skating rink in Elba. That's where they were reportedly being picked-up by adults.
But, the skating rink management says they've been given a black eye by authorities, that they operate a respectable business and that no illegal behavior was taking place at the business. They never had any problems. They were totally unaware of the investigation by police or the District Attorney’s Office.
Folks in Elba are shocked but, they are also upset with the parents of the reported victims.
The majority of the suspects arrested in the case have been released on bond.
Authorities are still looking for another suspect, Olivia Hughes. Hughes is the 20-year-old Andalusia woman who reportedly videotaped the children engaged in sexual acts.
She was last seen driving a blue 2002 Dodge Neon with an Alabama license plate of 23-B661.
If you know of Hughes' whereabouts, contact the Coffee County District Attorney's Office at 406-6602 or 406-0093.