Kevin Ricks

KEVIN GARFIELD RICKS

DENTON -- A former Federalsburg teacher received a 20-year prison sentence Tuesday in Caroline County Circuit Court for a second-degree sex offense conviction.

Kevin Garfield Ricks, 52, who taught English from 2000 to 2003 at Colonel Richardson High School, was accused of sexually assaulting a teenage boy in 2004. In July, he pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree sex offense in Caroline County Circuit Court, and did not stand trial for his other related charges as part of a plea agreement.

The Caroline County State's Attorney's Office said Ricks' Maryland conviction will run consecutive to his 25-year sentence in a federal prison after he pleaded guilty last March in federal court to six counts of production of child pornography and one count of pornography possession for a case in Virginia.

In addition to the second-degree sex offense charge in Maryland to which he pleaded guilty, Ricks had been charged with third-degree sex offense, three counts of sex offense of a minor, two counts of filming child pornography in a sexual act and furnishing alcohol to a minor.

According to indictments, while living in Caroline County, Ricks gave alcohol to the teenager and then sexually assaulted the boy. He also photographed and videotaped the encounter.

Ricks was indicted in Caroline County by two grand juries, one in 2010 and one in 2011, but he was not served with the local charges until May, as he was being tried federally in a separate child pornography case.

The Caroline County charges against Ricks came about due to a large-scale federal investigation into his past, following Ricks' conviction in Virginia in 2010. In that case, while teaching at Osbourn High School in Manassas, Va., Ricks had plied a 16-year-old former student with beer and tequila before sexually assaulting him.

Ricks received a five-year sentence, with four years suspended. He completed that sentence.

During the resulting investigation, evidence of child pornography was found on computers and in pictures and journals in Ricks' Federalsburg home. Investigators also found evidence of the assault on the Caroline County teen in 2004.

At last March's plea hearing, Ricks admitted to a 30-year history of illegal sexual contact with underage boys that started when Ricks, then 19, worked as a camp counselor in Virginia. Ricks' past also included encounters in North Carolina, California and Japan.

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