September 30, 2008

Tim Ricks sentenced on sex abuse charge

Standard Journal

September 30, 2008

REXBURG, ID - Tim E. Ricks, 59, of Rexburg was sentenced Monday on a charge of sexually abusing a girl.

Ricks, who had previously pleaded guilty to the charge of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child under 16, was sentenced to a prison term of five to 20 years, but the court retained jurisdiction for 180 days.

Judge Brent Moss ordered that Ricks be taken into custody directly after the sentencing.

During the six-month period Ricks will be incarcerated at the North Idaho Correctional Institution in Cottonwood.

During the hearing Monday, the prosecution and defense disagreed on what the sentencing outcome should be.

Madison County Prosecutor Sid Brown said members of Ricks's family were present in court to show support for both Ricks and the victim mentioned in the charge against him.

Ricks was arrested April 9 after an investigation by the Madison County Sheriff's Office and was released a short time later on a $50,000 bond.

According to the charge against Ricks, the girl was victimized by manual to genital contact on numerous occasions from January 2001 until March 6, 2008.

Brown recommended penitentiary time for Ricks citing portions of the psycho-sexual evaluation that he said indicate that Ricks hasn't totally admitted to some sexual abuse, including that of a female victim about 30 years ago that he said was revealed during the police investigation.

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