Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that DARRELL RICKS (age 66) of Covington pled guilty Thursday (July 13, 2017) to crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children by downloading and receiving images depicting the sexual victimization of minors.
RICKS faces a maximum sentence of up to twenty years imprisonment, followed by up to a lifetime term of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown will sentence RICKS on October 19, 2017.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.
Evans praised the work of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, the Louisiana State Police, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter.