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Former Manassas teacher sentenced for child pornography

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A former Osbourn High School teacher who is accused of victimizing children in two countries over 30 years was sentenced Thursday to 300 months in prison.

Kevin Ricks, 51, of Federalsburg, Md., was sentenced for producing child pornography over a 17-year period.

“In his journals, Kevin Ricks calls himself the devil, a molester so depraved that he is beyond rehabilitation and said that his soul was corrupt,” said U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride. “Mr. Ricks was every parent’s worst nightmare: A master manipulator child predator who sexually abused while leading a double life as a beloved teacher and counselor.”

Ricks admitted to engaging in illegal sexual contact with boys dating back to his time as a junior camp counselor at Camp Holiday Trails near Charlottesville, Va., in 1979. The abuse continued through his college years in North Carolina, and when Ricks moved to Japan to teach English in 1988, he admitted. Ricks returned to the U.S. in 1995 and began hosting male foreign exchange students.

Ricks began teaching in Manassas in 2007. He later admitted to engaging in sexually explicit conduct with a 16-year-old former student after getting the boy drunk with beer and approximately 10 shots of tequila in December 2009.

He later pleaded guilty to state charges of indecent liberties and was sentenced to serve a year in prison. He has been locked up since his arrest in February 2010.

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