Convicted sex offender Kevin Ricks who taught at Osbourn High School until his arrest told the court that he was not a pedophile. According to the News & Messenger:
“I never have been. I am not a predator. I never have been,” he said.
Ricks, 50, pleaded guilty in July to taking indecent liberties with a minor for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy.
The sentence exceeds Virginia’s voluntary sentencing guidelines, which recommended between one and 90 days in jail.
Hamblen said he thought the guidelines were not appropriate because they did not “take into account the breech of trust” involved in the crime, he said.
Ricks was accused of having two sexual encounters with the teen boy, who was a student in his English class during the 2008-2009 school year.
What part of predator and sex offender does this pervert not get? He is 50. His victim is 16 years old. He rented a room from this boy’s father. He was entrusted with teaching kids. Ricks tried to explain that his indecent liberties were consensual. He still doesn’t get it. That doesn’t make it ok. He is 50. If he were 19, maybe. But 50?
It looks like this sexual predator will spend 4 more MONTHS in jail. Why is this person getting out of jail? He lived in someone’s home and he molested the owner’s child. Consensual my foot! Sex between an adult that age and a minor is NEVER consensual. He taught in a school system. He taught this boy. He betrayed the City of Manassas, the boy, the parents, the public. And he spends 4 more months in jail, goes on the sex offenders list, and can’t work around kids. UFB.
I guess it is a good thing I am not a judge. He would have gotten 20 years from me or until his urges to do this left him completely. Our legal system as it relates to child molesters and all sexual predators needs to grow some major fangs and get these creeps out of society where they can no longer harm anyone. It sounds like Judge Hamblen’s hands were somewhat tied and he would have given him more time if he could have. These predators are getting by with what amounts to a slap on the wrist.