WATKINSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police arrested a former high school administrator Friday and charged him with multiple sex crimes in three Georgia counties.
Ryan Rickard, 34, was charged of sexual assault by a person with supervisory or disciplinary authority, sexual battery and rape. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a news release that it had identified three former students who had been Rickard’s victims.
Rickard had served as an assistant principal at Morgan County High School before he resigned earlier this year. He previously had been a teacher at North Oconee High School in Watkinsville and at Memorial Middle School in Conyers, where he also served as the school’s athletic director.
Rickard was jailed in Oconee County, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said. The charges against him include crimes alleged to have occurred in Morgan and Walton counties in northern Georgia.
It was not immediately known if Rickard had an attorney to represent him.
The GBI said Rickard had previously been under investigation by federal authorities for trying to access child pornography online. State investigators worked on the case with federal prosecutors and agents from Homeland Security Investigations.
“Child sexual abuse inflicts lifelong mental and physical scars on its victims and the added abuse of power in this case makes the crime even more egregious,” said Nick Anna, special agent in charge of the Atlanta office of Homeland Security Investigations.
The GBI said investigators suspect Rickard may have had additional victims and they encourage anyone with further information to come forward.