Teacher Ricks pleads guilty
Former Manassas teacher Kevin Ricks pleaded guilty to one sex abuse charge in a Prince William County courtroom Thursday morning, resulting in the first conviction linked to a series of abuses stretching back more than three decades.
Ricks, 50, acknowledged that he was guilty of performing sex acts on a 16-year-old boy who had been a student of his at Osbourn High School. The acts occurred during winter break in a basement room he was renting from the boy's father. A Manassas detective testified that Ricks wrote in his journal that he got the boy drunk before the first incident and that the second incident came just days later.
Wearing a brown collared shirt and khaki pants with no belt, Ricks briefly answered questions from Circuit Court Judge William D. Hamblen, repeating “yes, your honor” several times.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Amy Ashworth provided Hamblen with a copy of Ricks’s journal entry about the sexual contact with the boy -- an entry from Christmas Eve 2009 that detailed how he gave alcohol to the boy while watching a movie and then described passionate kisses and how it was the best 12 hours of his life.
After reading the entry to himself, Hamblen accepted the guilty plea. Ricks is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 28 on the one conviction for indecent liberties with a minor. Though prosecutors agreed to recommend that Hamblen follow state sentencing guidelines -- which could call for time already served because Ricks has been in jail since February -- Hamblen made it clear that he does not have to follow that recommendation. Ricks could get a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for the conviction.
Ricks asked to be released on bond, in large part so he can contest his divorce in a hearing scheduled in August. Hamblen declined to grant bond and ordered him held until sentencing.
Ricks still is facing federal charges. A federal detainer has been placed on Ricks, meaning that he will move to federal custody whenever the state case is completed. Federal authorities charged Ricks with possession and transportation of child pornography on Wednesday, charges that carry a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. And authorities said they likely will add additional counts, with several jurisdictions from which to choose.
-- Josh White and Jennifer Buske
Washington Post editors
July 29, 2010; 12:32 PM ET
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