Ex-teacher Ricks admits to new charges
Kevin Ricks, a former Manassas high school teacher who last year was convicted in state court of molesting a teenaged boy, pleaded guilty Thursday morning to six counts of producing child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.
Ricks, wearing a green prison jumpsuit with the word "prisoner" written in white on the back and with a close haircut of his salt and pepper hair, stood before U.S. District Judge James C. Cacheris as the charges were read aloud during a 30-minute hearing in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.
When asked how he pleaded to the counts, Ricks replied "guilty" to each.
As part of his plea agreement, Ricks agreed to what is known as a "binding plea." That means he's agreed to a sentence of 300 months in prison. Upon his release he would be subject to a lifetime of supervised release on some of the charges, the judge said.
The federal charges stemmed from explicit photographs and videos of teenaged foreign exchange students he hosted in his home and of students he taught.
A Washington Post investigation published in July discovered 10 boys who were molested by Ricks or suspect they were being targeted by him, dating back to the late 1970s.
The Post has since found at least five additional victims or boys who believe they, too, were being targeted for abuse, including a young boy Ricks babysat while a student at the University of North Carolina in 1981 and another Manassas boy who lived near Ricks at the time of his arrest in February 2010 and believed he might have been the next victim had Ricks not been taken into custody.
Now almost 51 years old, Ricks likely will not be free again until after his 75th birthday. His earlier conviction for molesting a 16-year-old boy, before Thursday his only conviction for a sex offense, got him a 1-year jail sentence in Prince William County and forced him to register as a sex offender, effectively ending his teaching career.
There are outstanding local charges against Ricks in North Carolina and in Caroline County, Md., where Ricks is accused of molesting boys, and it is unclear whether those cases will go forward.
This item has been updated since it was first published.
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| March 3, 2011; 10:21 AM ET
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