Man facing charges after allegedly drugging women at Athens bar

Robert Neal II (Courtesy: Southeast Ohio Regional Jail)

ATHENS, Ohio (WCMH) — A 21-year-old man is facing charges after allegedly drugging multiple women at an Athens, Ohio bar.

The Athens County Prosecutor’s Office said Robert Neal II is charged with two felony counts of corrupting another with drugs. The charges came after Athens County Prosecutor Keller J. Blackburn learned that Neal allegedly put a white powder in the drinks of three women. The women were not aware that their drinks had been tampered with.

“As soon as I learned of the potential of someone drugging unsuspecting individuals’ drinks, I devoted all of the resources of my office to get to the bottom of it,” Blackburn said.

Neal was arrested and charged following the execution of a search warrant for his apartment on East State Street. He is being held on a $500,000 bond.

The prosecutor’s office did not name the bar where the incident happened, but said that area liquor establishments were “extremely cooperative” during the investigation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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