Rape Allegations Lead to Drug Arrests at Center Stage Alabama

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes says, “We had a report from the employee at Center Stage Alabama that she had possibly been drugged and raped at the facility.”

It's that phone call that Hughes says prompted deputies to get a search warrant for Possum holler, the bed and breakfast at Center Stage Alabama Sunday.

During their search deputies reportedly found drugs and paraphernalia along with what they believe is GHB, commonly known as the date rape drug.

“We are sending that substance off to an Alabama forensics lab for further process to see if it truly is GHB. Just from our experience from handling GHB before it's what it appears to be,” said Hughes.

Hughes says Vice President of Operations Mike Kneuer and Chief Operating Executive Jeff Rubin were both arrested Sunday night.

They are not suspects in the rape case but Hughes says they're among others who are persons of interest.

“We haven't proven yet who actually did the rape so we do not have a concrete suspect. At this point we have several suspects we have several persons of interest and several witnesses on this case we just have to put all of the pieces together.”

Kneuer has been charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Investigators say Xanax was found in Rubin's room.

He is being charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Both men have made bond.

Hughes says the investigation into the alleged rape continues.

“We did recover some articles of evidence that we're going to analyze, take DNA samples from and send them off to the lab and compare with some other evidence that we received from the victim and her clothing also.”

A rape kit was given to the victim and authorities are waiting for DNA samples from the evidence they collected.

This is not the first run in with the law for Kneuer.

He was arrested last November for a misdemeanor battery charge in Broward, County Florida.
Currently, he is still serving his 11-month probation sentence.

News 4 tried contacting Rubin, Kneuer and officials with Center Stage Alabama.

Our calls were not returned.

Hughes says this incident has nothing to do with business at the gaming facility.


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