A former teacher and principal who was under investigation for trying to access child pornography online has been arrested on multiple accounts of sexual assault.
Ryan Rickard, 34, was an Assistant Principal at Morgan County High School in Madison, Georgia until he resigned in 2018. Prior to that assignment, he was a teacher at North Oconee High School.
Rickard faces charges of sexual assault by persons with supervisory or disciplinary authority, sexual batter, and rape. These charges were taken in three separate counties which include Walton, Oconee, and Morgan.
“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. “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.”
Agents have identified three (3) students that were victims of Rickard’s while he was teaching. Agents believe that there may be additional victims. Anyone with information is asked to call the GBI CEACC Unit at 404-270-8870 or by email at Tips@gbi.ga.gov or HSI at 404-346-2300.
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