- Associated Press - Monday, May 1, 2017

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - A former H&M; security officer charged with illegally detaining two women who were shopping at a suburban St. Louis mall in the past two months and sexually assaulting one of them was accused of trying that with a woman at a different area mall last summer.

Shaun Ivy, 36, was accused in August of having an 18-year-old woman drive to a remote spot at the West County Center in Des Peres and offering not to have her jailed for shoplifting in exchange for sex.

Police investigated the incident, but prosecutor Tim Engelmeyer didn’t press charges, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported (https://bit.ly/2oYi1zl ). He said Wednesday that he didn’t file charges because Ivy denied the woman’s claims and there was not enough video evidence to fully support either person’s claims.

Ivy is charged with kidnapping a woman April 15 at Chesterfield Mall in Chesterfield on suspicion of shoplifting. He’s also been charged with kidnapping and raping a woman from the same mall under similar circumstances March 2.

Last week, Des Peres police called the 18-year-old woman involved in the alleged August incident to tell her they had reopened her case. The call to the woman, who does not want her name used due to the nature of the incident, was one day after the two accusations against Ivy emerged.

The teen and her mother are disturbed and frustrated, saying that had police or H&M; stopped Ivy, others would not have been victimized.

“Nobody would have had to get raped if they handled it last year,” the teen’s mother told the newspaper.

The prosecutor in charge of the cases against Ivy, Tim Lohmar, didn’t immediately reply to phone messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Calls to Ivy’s attorney, Eric Boehmer, went to an automated recording that wouldn’t take messages.

H&M; said Ivy is no longer an employee.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, https://www.stltoday.com


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