MICDS teacher met boy on 'Grindr', gave him $200 after sexual encounter, police say

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Richard Ives is facing multiple charges after alleged sexual contact with a 14-year-old (Credit: Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff) Richard Ives is facing multiple charges after alleged sexual contact with a 14-year-old (Credit: Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff)

LADUE, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A teacher at the Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS) was arrested after allegedly having sexual contact with a 14-year-old he met on a social media dating app.

Court documents state a Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Deputy pulled over Richard Ives, 48, after a gray Chevrolet Malibu ran a stop sign on Valley View at State Route DD just after midnight June 13.

In court documents, the deputy said when he pulled over Ives he noticed a 14-year-old in the front seat of the vehicle. When the deputy asked the 14-year-old for his identification, he said he was Ives’ nephew but provided no further identification, according to court documents.

The deputy said he asked Ives to exit the vehicle and then questioned him about where he was with the juvenile. The suspect told the deputy he took the juvenile to a commuter lot and began kissing him. While they were kissing other sexual contact was made, according to court documents.

The deputy then contacted the juvenile’s mother. When the mother arrived, the juvenile told the officer he met Ives on “Grindr,” a social media dating app. The juvenile then said Ives had picked him up and they went to the commuter lot to talk, during which sexual contact was made.

The juvenile then told the deputy that Ives gave him $200 after they left the commuter lot.

Ives has been charged with enticement of a child, patronizing prostitution 14 years of age and younger, sexual misconduct of a child under 14 and second-degree statutory sodomy. His bond was set at $50,000, which he posted overnight.

The charges have neighbors on the street where Ives lives, concerned.

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

Another neighbor, who asked us not to reveal her identity, spoke highly of Ives.

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

After his arrest, MICDS, where Ives is employed as a Lower School Theater and Art teacher and Director of Camp Pegasus, sent an email to parents stating he had been placed on leave and would not be allowed on campus until the investigation was complete. Read the complete email below:

Dear MICDS Families and Employees,

By now, some of you will have heard that Rich Ives, Lower School Theater and Art Teacher and Director of Camp Pegasus, was arrested on Wednesday, June 13, in St. Genevieve County and reportedly has been charged with sexual misconduct with a minor. The young person involved is not a student or camper at our school. 

Mr. Ives has been placed on leave from his job as Camp Director and as Art Teacher; he will not be allowed back on campus during the pendency of any charges and until an investigation has been completed. We are in communication with law enforcement and continue to gather facts. Tim Storey will serve as interim Camp Director.

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

I am deeply saddened to have to share this news. Should you have questions, please feel free to reach out to me or to Becky Young, our Associate Head of School. 

Sincerely,
Lisa Lyle
Head of School

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