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Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 05/06/2012

Kevin Ricks returns to Maryland to face sex abuse charges

Kevin Ricks, the former Manassas high school teacher who was serving a 25-year sentence in a Tucson federal prison after admitting that he abused numerous teenage boys, has returned to the Washington area to face additional charges, jail officials said.

Ricks, who turned 52 on Thursday, is now being held at the Caroline County jail in Denton, Md., on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, jail officials confirmed Sunday. In Maryland, Ricks faces charges of child sex abuse and various sex offenses involving a German foreign exchange student who lived with Ricks and his wife during the 2003-04 school year.

At the time, Ricks was living in Federalsburg, Md., and he had been teaching at Colonel Richardson High School before his contract was not renewed. The student told The Post that he was unaware of specific sexual abuse but extricated himself from Ricks’s home after feeling strange about the situation.

The student asked a judge for a restraining order against Ricks, but it was not granted because the boy couldn’t prove abuse. The high school banned Ricks from its campus after the boy and a new host family accused Ricks of stalking.

Ricks, who is scheduled for release from federal prison in 2032, could face an additional 80 years if convicted in Maryland. He pleaded guilty last year in federal court to staging photographs of naked boys he abused while they were passed out.

Much of the evidence against Ricks came from his own trove of handwritten journals and photographs and videos that Ricks made of the abuse. The Maryland case is the only open prosecution after Ricks acknowledged in federal court that he abused boys dating back to the 1970s.

A Washington Post investigation published in 2010, before he was charged with federal crimes, discovered that Ricks had abused boys in Virginia, Maryland, North Caroline and Japan. Since then, another victim has said Ricks abused him at a private school in Georgia in the mid-1980s.

Caroline County State’s Attorney Jonathan Newell said police found handwritten journals describing the foreign exchange student’s abuse in Federalsburg, along with photographs and videos that depict the abuse. A friend of the student’s told The Post that Ricks got the students drunk on tequila to the point of vomiting that night.

It was unclear Sunday when Ricks’s case would go to trial, but Newell has said a date likely would be set for sometime before September.

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