On Friday, October 30th, 2015, Ronald Hicks, age 63, was found guilty by a jury of aggravated sexual assualt of a child charges. The jury also sentenced the defendant to the maximum sentence and fine on each of the 6 counts, including a Life sentence on four of the counts. The defendant is not eligible for parole on one of those charges. 221st District Court Judge Lisa Michalk granted the prosecutors request to stack the sentences.
This case was tried by prosecutors Nancy Hebert and Rochelle Guiton of the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and investigated by Detective Melanie Bivens of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. The prosecutors and detective are part of the Special Victims Division – Crimes Against Children located at Children’s Safe Harbor in Conroe. Safe Harbor, a non-profit organization, interviews potential child abuse victims and provides free counseling services for children who outcry to abuse.
Hicks was charged with child sexual abuse with two counts of each, totaling six counts: Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child; Indecency by Contact with a Child; and Indecency by Exposure with a Child. The punishment ranges were enhanced due to the defendant’s prior felony conviction of possession of a controlled substance from 2007. Along with the sexual assault charges, Hicks was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Marihuana when the drugs were found while searching his home during this sexual assault investigation.
The trial began Monday, October 26, 2015. While most cases of child sexual abuse involve a family member, this defendant was a close family friend of the victims. The jury learned that the defendant digitally penetrated the sexual organ of two small children, among other sexual contacts with these children. The jury also heard testimony that Hicks had sexually assaulted a fifteen year old girl back in 2003. The girl was now 27 years old and testified about the details of how Hicks abused her as a child. The Defendant testified, but, continued to blame everything on other people and never took responsibility for his actions.
Nancy Hebert (Special Victims Divison Chief): “Once again, the citizens of Montgomery County stand up and protect the most vulnerable members of our society – our children.”
Brett Ligon (District Attorney): “I cannot express enough gratitude to the jurors who tackle these difficult cases. I applaud their courage to give a sentence that sends a strong message to those who prey on children – not in our county.”