BLOOMSDALE, Mo. (KTVI) -- A former arts teacher at a prestigious suburban St. Louis school has been sentenced to five years of probation for paying an underage boy for sex.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 47-year-old Richard Joseph Schwartz Ives was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty last month to patronizing prostitution from a child 14 years old or younger. Authorities began investigating last June after a Ste. Genevieve County deputy stopped Ives with the boy in his car.
Charging documents say the deputy found 10 $20 bills in the pocket of the boy's sweatshirt. The investigation found that Ives met the boy on the app Grindr and paid him for sex acts.