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Mo. Police: Teacher Arrested During Traffic Stop, Admits to Sexual Relations with Boy He Met on Grindr

Friday Jun 15, 2018

Police in Missouri arrested a teacher Wednesday during what was supposed to be a routine traffic stop but resulted in something more serious.

When Richard Ives, 47, was pulled over, an officer for St. Genevieve County noticed a boy who appeared to be underage in the backseat of the car. The teacher later admitted to having sexual relations with the boy, who he allegedly met on Grindr, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Ives, who teaches fine arts at Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School, was arrested for felony enticement of a child and patronizing prostitution, Fox2 reports. Ives was initially pulled over because he failed to make a proper stop, police said. Things escalated when the officer saw the boy in Ives' car.

Investigators confirmed the boy is younger than 15 years old and Ives reportedly admitted to having sexual relations with him. The officer found $10 and $20 bills in the boy's pocket, police told Fox2.

The teacher admitted to the officer that he took the boy to a commuter parking lot, according to documents obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which also states that Ives admitted to paying the boy for a "lap dance."

Police also said that the boy was incoherent when speaking with officials but that he admitted to other sex acts. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports this lead police to charges Ives with second-degree statutory sodomy.

After Ives' arrest, Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School tweeted about the incident, saying the school is "saddened to share news of faculty member Rich Ives' arrest." In a longer statement, Lisa Lyle, head of the school, said the boy involved "is not a student or camper at our school." It was also reported that Ives, who is also a camp director at the school, is on leave while police investigate the incident.

"The safety, health and well-being of all children is our first priority," Lyle said in the statement. "We conduct thorough, periodic background screenings on all employees, provide training regarding child safety, and respond immediately and appropriately to all reports of misconduct."

Ives was released from jail late Wednesday after posting $50,000 bail, the Post-Dispatch reports.

Local news station KMOV spoke with residents in Ives' neighborhood.

"Yeah, I'm obviously concerned," Kevin Volk told KMOV. "I'm a father myself and I plan on having more children."

A woman who remains anonymous said she was shocked by Ives' arrest.

"It's upsetting but he's a nice person," she said. "I mean, I get along with them, our whole family gets along with them and that it's just very surprising."

Watch reports about Ives' arrest from Fox2 and KMVO below.

[H/T The Kansas City Star]
[H/T The New York Post]


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