By Tia Lynn Ivey
Ryan Rickard, the former assistant principal of Morgan County High School, is currently jailed in Morgan County, still facing charges of rape, sexual assault, and sexual battery against minors.
He was booked last Friday, Aug. 7 at the Morgan County Detention Center after being transferred from the Walton County Jail. Rickard is being held at the Morgan County jailhouse as he awaits to stand trial for some of the charges against him, four counts of sexual assault against a student in Morgan County. He will plead his case at the Morgan County Superior Courthouse on Monday, Aug. 24.
The full charges against Rickard, 35, claim he committed rape, sexual assault and sexual battery with at least three victims in three different counties: Morgan, Oconee, and Walton. In an Oconee County court hearing in August 2019, Rickard pled not guilty to charges of sexual battery. The rape charge will tried in Walton County.
Rickard resigned from Morgan County High School in 2018 after authorities conducted a child pornography investigation against him. Later that summer, in July 2018, Rickard was arrested as more details emerged of his alleged sexual crimes against minors.
According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, all three victims were allegedly abused by Rickard while he was their teacher.
“Child sexual abuse inflicts life-long mental and physical scars on its victims and the added abuse of power in this case makes the crime even more egregious,” said Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations Atlanta Nick Annan in 2018. “HSI is appreciative of its longstanding partnership with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in the fight against child sexual exploitation, and we are committed to continuing this important work with our federal, state and local partners to find and prosecute abusers while rescuing the victims of these terrible crimes.”