A Fredericktown couple has been charged in a child rape case.

Bentleyville police charged Russell Jolliffe, 30, of 408 Front St., with rape of a child, aggravated indecent assault and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, court records show.

Joanna C. Wheatley, 32, of the same address, is charged with conspiracy to commit those counts as well as endangering the welfare of a child, the record indicates.

The allegations surfaced in March when the child was 8 years old and after a relative questioned the youth after discovering pornography websites saved on the younger’s tablet.

Police said the child was victimized between 2018 and 2020 at a residence in Bentleyville where Jolliffe and Wheatley lived at the time.

District Judge Curtis Thompson signed warrants Tuesday for their arrests.

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