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Kevin Ricks sentenced in Pr. William

Washington Post Editors

Kevin Ricks, the former Osbourn High School teacher who admitted sexually molesting a 16-year-old boy, was sentenced Thursday to one year in the Prince William County jail.

Prince William County Circuit Court Judge WIlliam D. Hamblen suspended four years of a five-year sentence. Ricks will be credited for eight months already served. Because there is no parole in Virginia, all convicts are required to serve at least 85 percent of their sentences.


Ricks, center, in court in July. (File photo/Post)

The sentence amounted to a formality and was roughly what law enforcement officials had expected.

Ricks faces federal child pornography charges in Virginia as well as a local sex abuse charge in North Carolina.

FBI agents and local police have linked Ricks, 50, to a series of sex abuses that goes back more than 30 years, with alleged encounters with boys in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, several western states and Japan. Federal and state prosecutors are lining up to file charges against Ricks, and law enforcement officials said they hope to put together prosecutions that would net decades of jail time.

When Ricks was arrested in Manassas in February, it was the first time he was definitively linked to abusing an underage boy. In that case, Ricks abused a boy in December and January, performing sex acts while they watched movies and drank tequila. Ricks's Facebook messages to the boy - seen by one of the boy's friends - sparked a call to police.

Ricks was arrested in February as he left Osbourn High School for the day. He was found with a laptop that contained child pornography and a journal that described the boy's abuse, according to law enforcement officials and court documents.

The ensuing investigation and search of Ricks's home yielded thousands of pieces of evidence, and local prosecutors wanted to secure a conviction in Manassas so Ricks would be held long enough to pursue federal charges.

As part of a plea agreement, Ricks took responsibility for the abuse, sparing the boy from having to testify in open court. His guilty plea and conviction on a single charge of indecent liberties with a minor meant that he had to register as a sex offender, ending his teaching career.

The Post generally does not identify victims of sex crimes and has not identified the Manassas boy. His father has said he is "livid" with Ricks, who had been a trusted teacher and friend.

This post has been updated since it was first published.

-- Josh White and Jennifer Buske

By Washington Post Editors  | October 28, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Josh White, Pr. William, Sex Crimes, Updates  
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Comments

i think its backwards that he'll serve less then a year in a county jail for molesting a child, yet will probably get 5 to 10 years or more in a federal prison for the porn on his computer.

Posted by: MarilynManson | October 28, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Guy should be in the pen for ten years rooming with a humongous violent felon who will treat HIM like a 16-year-old boy.

Posted by: nadie1 | October 28, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Being a victim of child molestation and rape, I think this is the wrong message the Courts are sending. When you strip a child of their innocence and use them to your benefit, that is a lifelong, painful process to get through. So many skeletons come forth in our later years as adults that affect our relationships. One year is not enough for what he has done...molestation, rape and other cases like those are just as bad as murder. In so many ways you killed that person. You've taken something that rightfully isn't yours. You've twisted love and affection in a horrible way. I have nothing good to say about child molesters and/or rapists. They should be shipped off to an unknown island and never able to return. Put them in a swamp of hungry alligators. If I could really express how I feel, you wouldn't print it. I hope the dogs get him and help him to feel what that child may have felt and more. No sympathy here - NONE!!!! The Courts need to step up to the plate, change some laws and let molesters and rapists stay behind bars. We'll see him in the news again. Whose child will it be the next time?

Posted by: ConcernedOct2010 | October 28, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Here again, a stupid judge (lawyer). 5 years, suspended 4 and then credit for 8 mos. served,= 4 months jail time. Perverts have it made. Too bad he wasn't caught smoking dope, he'd have been hung for that.

Posted by: oldbb | October 28, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

I'm appalled with the sentencing Judge as well. I echo the opinion of ConcernedOCt2010. This predator went international, for crying out loud. Is this what our Judges call Justice? OMG...shame on this court system. Unless ofcourse, there is reason for this Judge to be sympathetic to this monster? Maybe they share somethings in common? Could the Judge also favor little boys?

Posted by: ny2va2001 | October 28, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

One year?

I'd say "you've got to be kidding," but I know you're not.

UGH!

Posted by: amm72 | October 28, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

This sentence is an absolute injustice. There is no way that this is the only sentence this pervert will get. I just can't believe it. They'll probably excuse him from having his name listed on the national sex abuse registry also. Let's just pamper the poor dear. NOT!!!

Posted by: mbrumble | October 28, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

One year?

I'd say "you've got to be kidding," but I know you're not.

UGH!

Posted by: amm72 | October 28, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

This sentence is an absolute injustice. There is no way that this is the only sentence this pervert will get. I just can't believe it. They'll probably excuse him from having his name listed on the national sex abuse registry also. Let's just pamper the poor dear. NOT!!!

Posted by: mbrumble | October 28, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

He will get more than 5-10 in the federal system, more than likely 30 years or so and that will effectively be a life sentence for someone his age.

Posted by: scott9050 | October 28, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

At least he was FINALLY caught. I'm sure there are many victims of this creep suffering in silence.

Posted by: PepperDr | October 28, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

This is Josh White, one of the reporters on this story. We'll post a more detailed version of the story shortly, but I wanted to answer a few reader concerns immediately:

The Virginia sentencing guidelines in this case called for a sentence of no more than 3 months, largely because Ricks has no prior sex-related convictions on his record. The judge in this case actually deviated to a harsher sentence -- one year -- in light of the facts of this one specific case, not the facts revealed by the broader investigation into his past.

Ricks already has two federal charges against him and one charge in a local court in North Carolina. Prosecutors at both the federal and local level in several states are looking into filing charges that range from child pornography to sex assault. While it is impossible to predict what will happen in those cases, law enforcement officials hope to put Ricks in prison for a long time.

This case was just the first one, and law enforcement officials never expected it to yield a lot of prison time, instead opting for a guilty plea that requires Ricks to be put on the sex offender registry and will be a conviction that will apply to sentencings in any future cases, if they end in convictions.

Posted by: Josh White | October 28, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

This is crazy, one year for good behavior...this is why people should not serve time for taking upon themselves to give him the sentence he truly deserves...how can this judge sleep at night...and what about this young man who has to live knowing this freak will be back out on the streets within a year...the world is becoming a joke!!

Posted by: shadon1 | October 28, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Many people knew of Mr. Ricks and his reputation. Those in leadership preferred to successfully transfer him out of their school system without regard to his future victims. In that sense, the parents of the boy he was just sentenced for molesting have many people to blame.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 28, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

concerned... I know just how you feel.

Posted by: msdooby1 | October 28, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

How about one year of constant sexually molesting day & night from the boys in cell block G ! That would cure his problems real fast !!

Posted by: Raidersfan2 | October 28, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Of course one year is too short. However, it looks like the prosecutors have something in mind. Say for example, there was some weak point in the case, or say for example, by getting him to plead guilty, you greatly increase his chances of a huge federal sentence under the sentencing guidlines. In that case, it would be rational to make a deal where he pleads guilty and is sentenced to searve a year. Maybe there is a big picture here and this sentence is a small piece. Lets hope. Otherwise, a year is really shameful.

Posted by: good1 | October 28, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Two words: DEATH PENALTY.

Or better yet, put him in with the worst of the worst, tell EVERYONE that he is a pedophile, and then sit back and enjoy. It's like a self cleaning oven, the problem will take care of itself. Look at Dahmer.

Posted by: playahatah | October 28, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget Al Capone finally ended up in jail for tax problems, not for all the other crimes he committed. Not what the government wanted, but at least they got him.

My recommendation is the method I think all child molesters should be given: hang him by piano wire in a noose around his favorite body part. Perhaps that th

Posted by: BeemanRS | October 28, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget Al Capone finally ended up in jail for tax problems, not for all the other crimes he committed. Not what the government wanted, but at least they got him.

My recommendation is the method I think all child molesters should be given: hang him by piano wire in a noose around his favorite body part. Perhap

Posted by: BeemanRS | October 28, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Glad this fine fellow had a scumbag defense lawyer representing him to ENSURE he got the minimum penalty. We need this wonderful man back on the streets, to keep doing what he's doing. Thanks, scumbag defense lawyers, thanks.

Posted by: password11 | October 28, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Dirty pictures of kids should only get him a couple of years. The actual hangs on things he did to kids he should be hung in public in the courtyard square.

Posted by: FLvet | October 28, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget Al Capone finally ended up in jail for tax problems, not for all the other crimes he committed. Not what the government wanted, but at least they got him.

I don't care if this was to hold him over for other prosecution. Quit wasting tax dollars. Hold him without bail; hand him over to the Feds to have him prosecuted and sent to jail on all charges from all states at one time. If laws don't allow for this, then they should be changed to do so.

As a mother of four, and victim of a (insert forbidden expletive here) like this (insert another forbidden expletive here), my recommendation is the method I think all child molesters should be given: hang him by a piano wire noose wrapped around his favorite body part. Perhaps that method would deter future child molesters.

Posted by: BeemanRS | October 28, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

This case makes yet another case for our nation to adopt the Chinese approach to such crimes. Mainly to save tax-dollars supporting marginally-sub-humans for decades in a comfy jail cell with all the amenities.

* Quick kangaroo "trial."

* "Guilty!"

* [bang!]


... all in the same day. Of course, such a departure will require not only changes to our Constitution, but also disabusing most U.S. adults of the silly religious notion that human life is somehow "sacred."

Posted by: clitteigh | October 28, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Clearly many of the above posters did not read Josh White's informative update that appears earlier in the comments section.

Posted by: binaryboy | October 28, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Josh, for filling us in on more information.
My concern again is, why care if he is on THE SEX OFFENDERS LIST? You'd only need him there if he wasn't locked up. You'd need him to notify his parole of a change of address to make the neighbors feel secure when he moves in.
So, if there are stronger cases being built, this matter seems redundant. There really is something wrong with the justice system. We're looking at 4 months before this guy has a possibility to go free because he has already served 8 months of a one year sentence. Do you feel that is enough time for our Federal investigators to do a thorough job and being able to bring it to court? Or do you think he could possibly fall through the cracks of the Justice system and be once again out on the streets RAPING boys. That's what it is, it's RAPE. Just one more thing the Justice system needs to get with, the terminology about knocking someone unconscience with alcohol and then violating them sexually, and taking pictures all the while. He's a social violent diviant. We have a RIGHT to be rageful!

Posted by: ny2va2001 | October 28, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

ConcernedOct2010,

I feel you.

My best friend and I were subjected to something similar when I was nine years old. Thankfully, we weren't raped; we were touched, made to watch the pervert masturbate, and shown porn pictures.

In our case, vigilante justice took care of the creep. Too bad someone dind't "tighten up" this piece of dirt.

Posted by: ceefer66 | October 28, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

"How about one year of constant sexually molesting day & night from the boys in cell block G ! That would cure his problems real fast !!"

Gays aren't interested in straights. That's why gays openly serving in the military will not be a problem, except for homophobes who nobody cares about anyway.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 28, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

This is Josh White again. Here's a link to our updated story on the case, which includes a more detailed look at the hearing and where things stand now:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/28/AR2010102804951.html

Posted by: whitejs | October 28, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

The school systems that employed Ricks shuffled him around with such finesse that it would make an archdiocese sit up and take notice.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 29, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

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