A St. Charles man has been charged with rape and kidnapping after an investigation alleges he was using his job to kidnap and rape multiple victims.

Shaun Ivy, 36, worked as a loss prevention officer for H&M which has stores in Chesterfield Mall, Taubman Prestige Outlet, the Galleria, and West County Mall.

Ivy was charged on April 20 after an investigation from the St. Charles, Chesterfield, and Des Peres Police Departments.

Accorrding to the investigation, Ivy would use his job as a loss prevention officer to threaten his victims with incarceration and police action, if they didn’t comply with his orders. He would then transport the victim, without their consent, to his home in St. Charles with the purpose of committing a sexual assault on them.

At least three victims have been identified and police are asking for any other victims to contact their local police department.

Ivy is being held on a $300,000 cash-only bond.

H&M statement

H&M is aware of an investigation involving one of our employees in the St Charles, Missouri area. The safety and well-being of our customers and employees is of utmost importance to us and we are working closely with the police during their investigation.  The individual in question did not comply with H&M’s policies and procedures as they relate to the security protocol within our stores and as such is no longer employed by H&M. We will continue to provide the police with any information we can in order to aide with their ongoing investigation. Any questions about this investigation should be directed to the local St. Charles City police. We are committed to providing a safe environment in our stores for our customers and staff and are working with our local teams to provide them with all of the necessary support and will also follow up with the affected stores to ensure that all of H&M’s safety standards are reviewed and met.

In regards to your follow up question - All H&M employees must pass a criminal background check as well as a social security trace search.

Best,
Media Relations - H&M US.