An unidentified security officer, 46, with Valor Security company, for the Saint Louis Galleria has been suspended on suspicion of sexual misconduct with a female customer. The customer, Jacki Ryan, 22, sought out the security officer when she was unable to find her sister who works in the mall. The incident occurred in March but has come to light this week. The incident allegedly occuured when the security officer got off of work, but he must have been in his uniform at the time. Ryan claimed that the security officer did begin to help her at first but soon, the officer began asking her uncomfortable questions like what her evening plans were and asked what her age. Ryan asked why he needed to know her age, and he stated because he did not want to go to jail if she was too young. Next, the guard attempted to lure Ryan to an unoccupied mall manager’s officer, at which point he pulled out cash and offered her money for services. The mall is located in Richmond Heights and the police department is now handling the criminal investigation.
I work at the Saint Louis Galleria and other nearby malls, in a Law Enforcement capacity, and while not a member of mall security or an employee of Valor or Richmond Heights Police, I have to undergo the same background checks in ordered to be licensed through Saint Louis City and Saint Louis County Police in order to be a licensed Security officer, and one of the requirements is that applicants cannot have any felonies. All Security Licensed officers/guards must be fingerprinted, with an FBI background check, among other background checks. The thing that is worrisome is that the mall has released the following information about the unnamed security officer: HE has a prior arrest record for Rape and Kidnapping. While there is no follow up to confirm if there were convictions for the crimes, these alone should have been red flags prior to his employment.
Basic Licensing Requirements
- 21-years or older
- US Citizen or Legal Resident Alien
- Free of any type of Chemical Dependency
- No Felony CONVICTIONS
The background check includes:
- Police Agencies
- The Missouri Highway Patrol
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
* Compiled information is obtained from the applicant’s full name, date of birth, and fingerprints.
** A felony conviction will automatically disqualify anyone from obtaining a license..
So, what went wrong?
Even though, both the security officer and the victim (yes, she is a victim because she should not have been subject to that ordeal), were of legal age; on the date of the incident, and he was off of the clock, and he may have been wearing his uniform, and for that matter, offered assitance to the customer, then he was representing the mall. Furthermore, he abused his position and power to attempt to seduce the woman. If he identified himself at any time as security with the mall, then the woman could have taken that to be ‘do as I say, do as I ask, do as I do…or else,‘ simply because he is in a position of power and even if he is not, then she still could have perceived it as such. Additionally, this incident has likely given a negatve impression to Saint Louis residents and visitors, about other mall security officers at the Saint Louis Galleria.
Lastly, Richmond Heights Police have officers assigned to the mall and are in no way associated nor condone this type of behavior. If any time, a mall security officer / guard makes anyone feel uncomfortable where they work or shop, please do not hessitate to contact the local police department. If you are someone that you know has had similar incidents with a mall security officer (male, age 46) and wish to come forward, please contact the Richmond Heights Polce Department.