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** Editor's note - The Daily Journal takes every step possible to not identify victims in sexual assault cases. Names and ages, along with any connections between the victim and attacker(s) are left as vague as possible to protect the identity of victims while still outlining the actions which led to the criminal charges. In this instance, however, due to the nature of the crimes and the relationship between the victim and one of the attackers the connection between the two has been listed. 

A local woman and her boyfriend are being charged with several felonies for their involvement in allegedly sodomizing the woman's young daughter.

Shawn Lemons, 46, of Festus, is being charged with felony rape in the first degree and four counts of felony sodomy in the first degree.

Theresa Costello, 36, of Bonne Terre, is being charged with three counts of felony sodomy in the first degree.

According to a probable cause statement from the Bonne Terre Police Department, on Nov. 28, an officer from the department wrote a police report after receiving information from the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC).

The report said it was believed both Costello and Lemons had committed several crimes at an apartment on W. School St. in Bonne Terre. According to the report he received from the CAC, a girl less than 10 years old was interviewed by a case worker.

The child was asked if she knew why she was being interviewed and she acknowledged that there were some horrible things that had happened to her. It was reported that Lemons took off his pants and underwear and chased the child around the residence .

The child told the case worker that Lemons wanted to have sex with her and said she had seen her mom and Lemons engaged in adult relations. The child said her mom made her have relations with Lemons.

It was also reported that Costello took her daughter’s hand and touched Lemons inappropriately with her hand while he had no pants on. The child also said Lemons forced her to have sexual intercourse and other relations.

The child said her mom, Costello, also did “nasty” things to her, too, indicating she forced sexual relations on her as well. She also told the case worker that Lemons tried to force her to perform other sexual acts.

She also said her mom would hold her hand while touching Lemons in a sexual manner. The girl said Lemons also took a picture of himself with a camera that prints out pictures and her mom made her look at the photo. Lemons also reportedly took pictures of the young girl while she was undressed.

Lemons in being held in the St. Francois County Jail on a $500,000 bond. Costello's bond was set at $250,000.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or




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