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Ex-teacher in Va. gets 25 years for child porn

Thursday - 5/26/2011, 1:07pm  ET

Molester called himself 'the devil'

Kevin Ricks wrote in a journal "his soul was corrupt." WTOP's Neal Augenstein reports.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A former teacher has been sentenced to 25 years in prison on child pornography charges after admitting a decades-long pattern of molesting teenage boys in the United States and Japan.

Fifty-year-old Kevin Ricks of Federalsburg, Md., had already received a one-year prison sentence in a Virginia court for taking indecent liberties with a minor while teaching at Osbourn High School in Manassas. The 25-year sentence he received Thursday resulted from a plea bargain with federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia.

U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride called Ricks a master manipulator and "every parent's worst nightmare."

Ricks admitted a pattern of assaults that began when he was a 19-year-old camp counselor. Molestations continued while teaching English in Japan and at teaching stints in Danville and Manassas.


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