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MICDS fires teacher who reportedly met boy on 'Grindr', gave him $200 after sexual encounter

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

The boy 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.

Thursday, they sent another letter confirming they had fired Ives. Below is part of that letter:

Dear Members of the MICDS Community,

It has now been two full weeks since we first learned that Rich Ives had been arrested and charged with sex crimes involving a minor in Ste. Genevieve County. While we don’t have any new information regarding these charges, I do want to update you on what we have been doing at the School to respond to this challenging situation. First, I want to confirm that the School terminated Mr. Ives’ employment. It also continues to prohibit his presence on campus and any contact with any current or former MICDS student or Pegasus camper.

Since this became public, we have worked to provide immediate care and support for members of our community and to ensure that Pegasus Camp continues to run smoothly under the strong leadership of Tim Storey. Many members of our faculty—both current and retired—have stepped up to fill in and offer our campers a great experience. It’s been a delight to hear from a number of parents who reached out to share just how wonderful their child’s experience has been.

Last week, we invited parents in the community to come together to support each other in the challenges we face as we respond to the news of Rich Ives. Counselors from CrossRoads Counseling Centers, MICDS counselors and members of our MICDS administration team helped guide this conversation. For those who were able to attend, we trust that this time together provided a sense of how to begin to heal, how to conceptualize what we have learned from the charges and how to talk with children about this at home. After our meeting, parents shared that they felt supported by not only the administrators and counselors, but also by the wonderful parent group that makes up what we know is MICDS. We will count on each other to work through this into our next school year.

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