Ricks ordered held in jail
Former Manassas teacher Kevin Ricks was ordered held without bond by a federal judge Wednesday pending a trial on child pornography charges.
Ricks, 50, is suspected of having a long history of abusing boys. Earlier this week he completed a sentence in Prince William County for molesting a 16-year-old boy who had been a student of his at Osbourn High School in Manassas.
In federal court in Alexandria, Ricks is charged with possession and transportation of child pornography. According to court papers, authorities found photographs on his laptop computer and at his Federalsburg, Md. home showing former students naked or in sexual positions. The photos were taken in Federalsburg, Danville, Va., San Francisco and Japan, where Ricks taught English.
During a brief hearing in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Ricks's lawyer did not argue to have his client released pending trial. Magistrate Judge John F. Anderson ordered Ricks be held, citing the severity of the charges and the safety of the community.
Ricks also faces sex abuse charges in Maryland and North Carolina.
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