Former arts teacher sentenced for paying boy for sex
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Richard Joseph Schwartz Ives

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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.

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