TENNESSEE WOMAN AND NEW MELLE MAN CHARGED WITH CHILD SEX CRIME IN LINCOLN COUNTY

Joseph McClelland Lina Adams

On June 9, 2016, detectives with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the first block of Tall Tree Ln, in Foley, for a possible sexual offense involving a child under the age of 15-years-old. According to the reporting party they found a note written by a female victim saying she was inappropriately touched by 41-year-old Joseph McClelland, of New Melle, MO, on a couch with 40-year-old Lina Jean Adams, of Lexington, TN, sitting next to her.

Detectives spoke to the female victim who told investigators she was inappropriately touched by McClelland and Adams seemed to be fine with it. The victim also told investigators several days prior, while watching a movie and pretending to sleep, Adams pulled the juvenile victim’s pants down and had sex with McClelland to help him gain sexual gratification.

McClelland was located and taken into custody this morning in Maryland Heights. He is charged with two counts of Statutory Sodomy Felony Deviate Sexual Intercourse with a Child Under 14-years-old, two counts of Felony First Degree Child Molestation and Felony Sexual Misconduct Involving a Child Less Than 15-Years of Age. McClelland is currently housed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $250,000 cash only bond with no contact with the victim. Other conditions of bond may apply.

Adams is charged with Felony Sexual Misconduct Involving a Child under 15-years-of-age and is currently housed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $25,000.00 cash only bond with no contact with the victim. Other conditions of bond may apply.

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