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Man charged with multiple sex crimes police say happened years ago in St. Clair County

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A man has been charged with multiple sex crime felonies for incidents that allegedly occurred in St. Clair County multiple times from 2008 to 2013.

On Friday, Shawn A. Lafollette, 49, was charged with four counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, charging documents from St. Clair County Court state.

The documents indicate the sex crimes Lafollette is accused of committing occurred in January 2008, January 2010, January 2012 and December 2013. According to Capt. Bruce Fleshren of the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, the alleged victim, who was under the age of 13 when the crimes occurred, only recently felt comfortable disclosing the information to police.

The victim initially came forward in Jefferson County, Missouri, in 2017, court records from the county indicate. Fleshren said that during a police investigation there, it was revealed that some of the alleged crimes also happened in St. Clair County. Lafollette is being prosecuted for the Missouri crimes and the Illinois crimes separately, Fleshren said.

Last year, Lafollette was sentenced to 15 years in prison for two counts of statutory sodomy, Missouri Department of Corrections records indicate. As of Wednesday night, he was serving time at the Eastern Reception Diagnostic Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, Missouri.

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Hana Muslic has been a public safety reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018, covering everything from crime and courts to accidents, fires and natural disasters. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.
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