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Phillip Lawson Ingalsbe

A school janitor at Shook Elementary in Marshfield has been charged with molesting a 10 year-old female student.

Webster County Prosecutor Danette Padgett charged Phillip Lawson Ingalsbe, 51, of Niangua, today with felony child molestation.

According to the probable cause statement, last December a teacher reported to the school principal that she observed one of her students leave the janitor's room from which the door had been closed. The little girl told staff members that Ingalsbe took her to the janitor's room and closed the door. She said that while they were inside Ingalsbe allegedly put his hand inside her shirt and touched her chest, kissed her on the lips and neck, hugged her and slipped his hand inside the back of her pants.

The principal called the superintendent of the district and the districts maintenance director who called Ingalsbe into the Principal's office where the man admitted that he had inappropriately touched the little girl.
Attorney Joe Passanise

Online court records show Ingalsbe was formally arraigned today in Webster County. Prosecutors had asked that his bond be set at $100,000, but Ingalsbe’s attorney, Joe Passanise, made a motion for a bond reduction. Judge Kenneth Thompson granted the motion and set Ingalsbe's bond at $50,000, with stipulations that he have no contact with the alleged victim or other children and stay away from all school property.

Ingalsbe was released from the Webster County jail after posting $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on April 5, 2010.

If he's convicted, Ingalsbe could face between 5 to 15 years in prison.



Anonymous said...

Nice job Marshfield School System!! not only has this little girl been violated by a sick pervert, she has also been violated by the entire public school system which let her down! and we wonder while children keep quiet about this nightmare??? SHAME ON EVERY PERSON WHO KEPT THIS TERRIBLE CRIME A SECRET!!!