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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

By Washington Post editors  |  July 29, 2010; 12:32 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Josh White , Pr. William  
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I'm praying to Jesus's boyfriend that Ricks is raped, shanked, and killed in prison.

Posted by: kenk3 | July 29, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

This is so sad

Posted by: shadon1 | July 29, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

thats a pretty sick fantasy of yours kenk3, you should consider seeking mental health help. I also hope the washington post records your ISP number and reports you to the police.
Of course what Ricks did was wrong, and he deserves punishment, but your fantasy of rape and murder shows a violent sickness inside you.

Posted by: MarilynManson | July 29, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Oh boy, looks can be really deceiving. From his picture in the paper he could be your average good-looking dad from the suburbs. He is a gay man gone wrong, but then there are a lot of straight men going wrong more often, by seducing and raping women. Human sexuality is a very tricky thing.

Posted by: jeanlucca | July 29, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Oh boy, looks can be really deceiving. From his picture in the paper he could be your average good-looking dad from the suburbs. He is a gay man gone wrong, but then there are a lot of straight men going wrong more often, by seducing and raping women. Human sexuality is a very tricky thing.

Posted by: jeanlucca | July 29, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I pray for the early, violent death of any rapist or child molester.

Once his fellow prisoners learn what Rick's has done, his life will likely be painful and short, even in protective custody... or so we can only hope.

Posted by: kenk3 | July 29, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Castrate this barbaric subhuman freak - no anesthesia!

Posted by: Trout1 | July 29, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Put him away.

Posted by: bobbo2 | July 29, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

@jeanlucca - wtf? what does being gay have anything to do with what he did? I am so tired of people blending homosexuality with pedophilia. He is a PEDOPHILE - he likes children - who happen to be boys. It has nothing to do with being gay. And for the record - I am neither gay or a man - but it wierds me out when we "straight" folks have no problem saying (sideways) that gay men are pervs.

Posted by: aznhoney | July 29, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

@MarilynManson - What exactly could the police do to kenk3? Kenk3 made no threats. Marilyn, it just doesn't seem that you are very bright.

Posted by: JrWorthy | July 29, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

MarilynManson, its funny, you oddly often defend child molesters and rapists.

I hope Wapo records your ISP and reports you to the police.

Posted by: kenk3 | July 29, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

"thats a pretty sick fantasy of yours kenk3, you should consider seeking mental health help. I also hope the washington post records your ISP number and reports you to the police.
Of course what Ricks did was wrong, and he deserves punishment, but your fantasy of rape and murder shows a violent sickness inside you."

Posted by: MarilynManson
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MarilynManson, get off your soapbox already. A fantasy or hope is not a crime. He or she did not threaten this animal. I also hope that he meets his untimely demise in jail in a very violent and painful manner.

Posted by: jabreal00 | July 29, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse


Wait til he meets his new cellmate; Mr. Ben Dover.

Posted by: nuke41 | July 29, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I don't plan to have kids, but those of you who do have kids need to be very careful. Our society has bred a lot of sick men, sexually and other wise. Please spend time with your kids and nurture them. The next batch of monsters are somewhere out there. Ricks needs death penalty now. He is a mistake that has cost society enough pain and suffering already. No more tax money for this jerk to take another breath.

Posted by: FiatBooks | July 29, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

To aznhoney:
Unfortunately sex acts performed by gays are perverted. Such behavior on the part of any individual is inherently unhealthy from a medical perspective.

Posted by: JohnRice | July 29, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

According to the US National Bureau of Prisons: 95% of incarcerated child molesters are, white, heterosexual males. Who's teaching your child?

Posted by: unseenmirage | July 29, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

@JohnRice: I'm not sure I understand your point. How does unhealthy (medically) related to being perverted? I would also counter that these "unhealthy" acts are being performed by both gay and straight couples. So although I appreciate the "unfortunately" in your comment as if you mean no disrespect - it's quite a disrespectful blanket statement to say that gays are perverts. If sexual acts alone between consenting adults is the deciding factor on who's a perv than I'd venture to say that would include most of us. Now maybe perversion is subjective, but in my original statement I was speaking of the ill assumption that Ricks molesting children had anything to do with him being gay, straight, or otherwise. I contend that Ricks is a sexual pervert because he wants to have sex with underage boys.

Posted by: aznhoney | July 30, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

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