April 11, 2008

Tim Ricks suspected of sexually abusing multiple victims

By Nick Lindsey, Standard Journal

April 11, 2008

REXBURG -- A Rexburg man is suspected of sexually abusing multiple victims over a period of almost 30 years. Wednesday the Madison County Sheriff's Department placed 58-year-old Tim Ricks, of Rexburg, under arrest for one count of lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor. But that was just the beginning.

"It didn't all happen (Wednesday)," said Capt. Travis Williams. "A couple of days ago, we had a victim come in and disclose the abuses that had been going on, and after working on it for a couple days, we arrested him last night." Officers said that additional information Ricks and his accuser, they now believe this case of sexual assault may be just one of many similar crimes committed by Ricks in the past 29 years.

Authorities say there have been multiple victims of Ricks' sexual abuse in several different jurisdictions including various counties in Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah. Although Ricks is currently only being charged with this one count, the fact that there have been other assaults brings up many new concerns. "We still have victims out there, and for those victims, this is a lifelong healing process," Williams said. "We need to see if we can get them to come in."

Deputies said they don't know how many potential victims are out there, but they have traveled to Utah to interview a second person. Authorities encourage any other victims to come forth both to disclose any additional information about Ricks' alleged criminal activity as well as to receive whatever help they may need.


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