CLAYTON, MO – If only all criminals were as stupid as Mr. Donald Ingerson. The 67-year-old, long-time St. Louis teacher has been charged with rape and statutory sodomy after he confessed to sexually assaulting two girls, believing that the statute of limitations had expired on the crimes.
Ingerson worked in five or six districts in Missouri County between 1960 and 1990. He called the St Louis County Prosecutors office on June 4 to inform them he had sexually assaulted two high school girls, aged around 15 years old. One of these occurrence happened in 1974, the other in 1995.
‘This is the first time we’ve had someone contact our office and say, `I want to talk about what I did,’ said St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch.
What was the motive behind Ingerson confessing to his crimes? Perhaps he felt guilty. Maybe he wanted to make amends before he died. Who knows, really? Whatever the reasons, Ingerson only confessed because the statute of limitations is 30 years and thought he could do so without suffering any legal repercussions. The key word here being “thought.”
McCulloch feels that, from a legal standpoint, the 30 years do not start counting until the victim becomes an adult. So he tracked down the two victims Ingerson confessed to raping, and both of them confirmed the sexual assaults. Armed with the victims’ statements as well as the uncoerced confession from Ingerson himself, the prosecutor called Ingerson in Minnesota and asked him to stop by his St. Louis office to discuss the rapes.
When Ingerson arrived on Monday, he was arrested and charged with rape and statutory sodomy, then jailed on $300,000 cash bond.
Although Ingerson did not admit to any other crimes, authorities are looking into the possibility that there could be additional victims. Police are contacting all school districts where Ingerson worked and are urging any other potential victims to come forward.
Both of the victims have been informed of Ingerson’s arrest. ”Even after all this time, they seemed quite relieved,” McCulloch said.Tags: Crime, Donald Ingerson, Missouri, Pedophile, Rape, Sexual Assault, Sodomy, teacher