[UPDATED] Rachel Ann Hicks Busted for Allegedly Raping Maryland Boy She Met in X-Box Chat Room

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Update, Jan. 17, 3:14 p.m.: Lake Forest resident Rachel Ann Hicks, 36, signed a court waiver last week allowing her to be extradited to Maryland to answer to charges she had sex with a 13-year-old boy in his bedroom around Thanksgiving 2010.

Hicks was being held without bail in Orange County for the second-degree rape and sexual solicitation of a minor charges out of Harford County, Maryland, where a prosecutor has expressed outrage over some comments to the media coverage of the case.

"There's a lot of talk about the fact that he was a boy and she was a woman, but we are taking this as seriously as we would if it had been a man that had come out here for a girl," Maryland Assistant State's Attorney Diane Tobin tells Spencer Kornhaber of Lake Forest Patch. "We've seen many boys who have been victims of sexual abuse, and they've been devastated. . . . This is a very vulnerable victim, and [Hicks] took advantage."

Tobin added the victim's family in Maryland is "obviously in shock about the whole situation."

"These parents were very aware; they found out about it and brought it to us," the prosecutor said. "They didn't do anything wrong." 

Update, Jan. 11, 2:11 p.m.: Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) "provided substantial assistance in the investigation and arrest of Rachel Ann Hicks," the agency maintains in a press statement.

Echoing the Orange County district attorney's office Sheriff's Department, the agent in charge of HSI in Orange County fears the 36-year-old Lake Forest resident may have preyed on other children.

"We're extremely concerned there may be more young victims in this case who've not yet been identified and are continuing to assist our law- enforcement partners with this ongoing investigation," says Joseph Macias, assistant special agent in charge of ICE's HSI in Orange County, in the statement.

He continues, "Pedophiles who mistakenly believe they can evade the law by going out of state to sexually exploit innocent children should know we're using every tool at our disposal to keep our young people safe---whether they are around the block or around the world."

Original Post, Jan. 10, 9:09 a.m.: The child-rape bust of a 36-year-old Lake Forest resident is unique on two counts: the suspect is a woman, and she is alleged to have traveled to Maryland to molest and rape a 13-year-old boy she met via an X-Box live chat room.

As the Orange County Sheriff's Department announcement below shows, Rachel Ann Hicks is said to have told investigators she also preyed on a second boy, a Californian under the age of 18.

Jan. 7, 2011

Interstate Child Molestation
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Courtesy of Orange County Sheriff's Department
Rachel Ann Hicks
Rachel Ann Hicks, 36, of Lake Forest was taken into custody today by Orange County Sheriff's Investigators on suspicion of child molestation and rape. She is accused of having befriended a 13-year old Maryland boy on the Internet and traveling to his home and engaging in sexual relations with him.

On Jan. 4, 2011, Sheriff's Investigator Wade Walsvick was contacted by Maryland State Trooper
Eric Workman. Workman reported that the initial contact between Hicks and her victim took place in September via an X-Box live chat room. The online relationship progressed to phone calls, texting, e-mails, and sending sexually explicit images and movies between each other. Hicks told the boy she was 23 years old and flew to Maryland to meet him at his home, where they engaged in sexual intercourse over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Shortly thereafter, the victim's family discovered "romantic" text messages on the boy's cell phone, and he disclosed what had occurred. Despite the use of a false name and bogus age, investigators were able to identify Hicks through the assistance of an ICE special agent. The ICE agent obtained subscriber information related to the Hicks family cell phone. Identification of Hicks was successfully accomplished by Workman, who also obtained a "no bail" warrant for the arrest of Hicks on two counts of rape, one count of a second-degree "sex offense" and one count of sexual solicitation of a minor.

On Jan. 7, 2011, investigators from the OCSD Special Victims Detail and members of (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations Child Exploitation Unit served a search warrant on Hicks' residence. During the subsequent interview, Hicks admitted to one additional minor male victim located in the state of California. Hicks was subsequently arrested without incident. All the evidence collected will be forwarded to Hanford County Sheriff's office for its investigation.

Based on new information, investigators are seeking to identify a second possible victim, a California boy under the age of 18.

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Me
Me

In my day we would call the 13-year old a blabber muoth..at 13 your cock is sniffing for pussy all on its own!!!! 

Kidsuncle
Kidsuncle

For all of those who purport to know what a 13 yr old boy wants, I'm sure it was not this sick woman having sex with him. This is a boy who comes from a very loving family, and is a rather unsophisticated when it comes to sex. He had not even had his first kiss when this happened. I read how all of the "macho" idiots wrote that he is high fiving people, and talking about it. Nothing could be farther from the truth. He is suffering emotionally and has had to seek professional help. Who has not fantasized about an affair with a woman at age 13. That sure as hell doesn't mean that he actually wanted to have it come true. If this had been a teacher, there would be calls for legal reforms to tighten laws. But because some dimwits think that it is sexy and cool that he hooked up with a 36 year old woman, the real damage of what has occured has escaped scrutiny. In what case do you find a 36 year old having sex with a thirteen year old the same as people either older than 18 consenting or teenagers within months and years of each consenting sex?? A thirteen year old is not mature enough to make these kinds of decisions. That is why there are laws about age related issues. He couldn't even consent to get his drivers license. This was a clear cut violation of the 13 YO's rights. I honestly do not believe that all of the people who wrote positive statements believe their own scribblings. I believe it is a bunch of horny young men who are fantasizing, knowing that is inherently wrong. Sex between two loving consenting adults is a very loving and special thing. That is what has been ripped away from this boy. He became infatuated with the sexy talking woman, and has lost his inocense forever. Now as he grows he will associate a loving act as one that is dirty. Those who say that it was no big deal need to read the histories of those in prison for committing terrible acts. These are the same ones that were sexually molested and scarred emotionally from an act in their life. I'm sure that will not happen in this case as he has a very strong support system in place. In case there was any doubt the woman admitted to her actions and has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.  Enough proof that what occurred was wrong!!  And in case you are wondering, yes I am related to him. He is a terrific kid and will overcome this to have a very productive life and a contributor to the future! 

Jeff
Jeff

Why would she pay all that money to fly to Maryland to have sex with a kid when she could have driven 5 minutes to cooks corner and been used as a backstop by a bunch of bikers! She probably would have even got a few cocktails out of the deal! Idiot!

Gamer girl
Gamer girl

I am a 22 yr old female and I play on xbox live regularly and I can honestly say that some of the nastiest stuff I've heard online has been said by dumb little boys that are sometimes even younger than 14! I bet the boy in this case is bragging about the incident. But the lady is definitely gross for messing around with a kid that young!

BurtAllen
BurtAllen

Yeah, I'm sure he was devastated.

Russell C. Lewis
Russell C. Lewis

Once again, amazingly, the only person to NOT complain is the boy.So, just how many times does a 13 year old have to get an erection, penetrate this woman and have orgasms before he considers himself traumatized?

Buyers Advocate Melbourne
Buyers Advocate Melbourne

Can't she get a male her age?Oh well, I guess she can't escape this I mean the boy is so underage. Even the boy says he also allowed it to happen but Hicks knows about the law.

Guest
Guest

Bet you $5 we'll see this one on L&O SVU next year.

Screwthemilitary
Screwthemilitary

This has been going on since there were people on the Earth. The kid knew what he doing , you retards. And he is proud of it....

PORKY
PORKY

Does this raggy looking pedo really think she can pretend to be 23 years old? LOL

RobE
RobE

Because she's a woman, I would lay even odds that she gets less of a sentence than what was in Lawrence Taylor's plea deal.

13 year olds are NOT ready for sex with a middle aged woman. And besides, how much of a wacko does a women have to be to go across the country to get laid by an eighth grader when she could just go into an AOL chat room and have an adult guy

(or even older teenager) at her door in 15 minut6es?

Gonzalezpeter19
Gonzalezpeter19

omg! if this were a guy doing this crap, everyone would be crying off with his head! The double standard is a bunch of crap! regardless of gender. Rape, molestation, lewd conduct with a child its ALL THE SAME!!! So the law should be applied equally

lilkiddie!
lilkiddie!

Wow what's up with this? i keep hearing about this at school! i'm keeping my boyfriend away from XBOX! who knows how many are out there.....

Concerned gamer
Concerned gamer

what's with these women having sex with little kids, man. sick, yo, sick.

Matthew_T_Coker
Matthew_T_Coker

Yes, Anonymous, it makes perfect sense that a grown woman would be so pissed off that a 13-year-old boy she misrepresented her age to would not leave her alone in the X-Box chat room that she would fly to Maryland to fuck him just to shut him up. Happens all the time.

anonymous
anonymous

isn't their a possibility that kid was a nasty little brat? and maybe he lied about it? maybe he was bothering that lady that was married and has children.... his parents found out about it.. and as a young kid wouldn't you lie about anything just to look good in front of your parents? but maybe this is all true and that lady deserves a life sentence but this is just my point of view because this is unbelievable! that kid and lady just ruined xbox live for a lot of kids.... a lot of parents are gonna have second thoughts about getting their kids an xbox.. this is just crazy! i honestly think that the other "victims" as they say should turn themselves in if they want, they shouldnt be searching for them... because i don't think that kid was against having sexual intercourse with that lady.. at the age of thirteen you know what you want and i believe the other "victims" also knew what they wanted with that lady.... if authorities do find the other "victims" i believe the parents won't be pleased with what their child did but they wouldn't be pleased with the authorities looking into the business of their underage child... and since it's underage boys she "did", those boys scored! and do deserve high fives for getting at an older lady... please reply to this comment if you have anything to agree or disagree with my opinions because this is "a free country" and every person has a right to say what they feel like saying...

Damaskinos101
Damaskinos101

Sexually active older women are okay. Im a guy and have to admit to going with a older woman at a younger (yet legal) age. Its a diferent kind of experience and something you will never forget.

True Freethinker
True Freethinker

If this was a Catholic priest, people would be demonizing all Catholics again.

But she's from Liberal California so it's OK!

Just shows that Libs don't give a damn about kids and abuse, they just hate Catholics.

Everybody
Everybody

Both kids died today of High Fives

Guest
Guest

I gotta start playing more Xbox Live!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Not sure how accurate this story is. Xbox Live doesn't have "chat rooms".

Angie48073
Angie48073

I hope everything goes well for him and he can work this out in therapy. I couldn't agree with you more. This woman is disgusting and in my eyes she should have gotten more time. It is a shame that the most innocent in our country tend to have the least amount of protection when it comes to crimes against them. I don't even care if this was a boy who fantasized about something like that, at 13 years old boys are not mentally mature enough to handle such a complex situation. He was absolutely taken advantage of and that is disgusting. I thought I read on here that this woman was also a wife and a mother. It is hard to believe that anyone could do this but for me it is even more horrifying that this person is a mother! The worst part about this is people like this never get better so in my opinion she should never be let out. My prayers are with this boy and your family. It sounds like he has a great support system and that will help him immensely. 

B L Zebubba
B L Zebubba

You're an idiot.

I wish she'd offered me candy when I was thirteen.

anonymous
anonymous

she didnt fly to maryland she flew to florida and drove to maryland... and also all middle aged women do not like saying their real age... when someone asks how old they are they're still gonna say a younger age because they don't want to admit their real age... don't take it wrong im not on her side it's just i cant believe a middle aged women would screw her life up having children and her husband for some 13 year old boy....

Not telling
Not telling

So explain how she flew to Maryland, texted him sexually graphic messages and was found to have evidence of it at her home? Did he set her up with that too?

Chrissy
Chrissy

i guess i can say i am anonymous. the one some of you hated...but anyways i love how you guys thought i was a pedophile.... :/ ummm rereading what i wrote it kinda does sound like it.... but i'm not.... at least i dont think i can be since im only 15 and still a virgin....( i know TMI) but me and my older sis were talking about that case... and we were just thinking about what if everything was just a mix up about things... i guess we were exaggerating things like in movies,,,, and we wanted to know what would be the opinions of others in this case... but i guess theres not a chance that this lady is innocent and yes! this is a very disturbing thing that this lady did!!! and i hope she is sentenced for a very long time because imagine how many other kids she could of harmed? and this is just the start of finding her victims..... xbox live is something around the whole world! she had a victim in california and all the way in florida so imagine how many kids she could of hurt in between!

I figured you out
I figured you out

I will bet $1mm that you are a pedophile. It's sooo obvious!

FemaleMolesters
FemaleMolesters

Maybe you're in denial of female predators unlike the cops? Personally I am quite disturbed about how you refer to boys as "nasty little brats" and assume that if they do report that they have been sexually abused by a woman they must be lying.

I am sure the ICE agents who investigated Rachel Ann Hicks, would be also be rather concerned about you views on young boys anonymous.

http://www.ice.gov/predator/

About ICE membership in the Virtual Global Taskforce

The Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) is made up of law enforcement agencies from around the world working together to fight child abuse online. VGT aims to build an effective, international partnership of law enforcement agencies that helps to protect children from online child abuse.

VGT strives to make the Internet a safer place, identify, locate and help children at risk and hold perpetrators accountable.

The VGT comprises the Australian High Tech Crime Centre, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre in the UK, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the US Department of Homeland Security, Italian Postal and Communication Police Service, and Interpol.

UK Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre (CEOP) Cop Talks About Social Stigma Faced By Boys Who Are Sexually Abused By Women

http://www.twitvid.com/56361

bluecheese
bluecheese

I like how you put victims in quotations. You take the position that a 13 year old child who knowingly has intercourse with an adult over twice their age is somehow not a victim but rather just a 'nasty little brat'. Bottom line is that a 13 year old child, regardless of what decision they make, does not deserve to be preyed upon sexually by an adult. Just because they were a willing participant doesn't make it any different. Adolescents do not possess all the tools to make sound decisions and it's our responsibility to protect them from those who wish to use them to gratify their own sexual desires.

I bet you would be singing a different tune if this was a 13 year old girl and a 36 year old man.

Dr. Sbatso
Dr. Sbatso

Ahh the True Freethinker speaks. Thank You for your insightful opinion.

Ghost
Ghost

Your a fucking idiot. The fact that you have to bring religion into the conversation, clearly shows that you need a life, other than church.

Blue State
Blue State

She"s from conservative, red state, Orange County dumb ass...

Epomerantz
Epomerantz

interesting that you take one person's background and call them all bad. If a farmer with 5 horses got intentionally killed by one of the horses would you have all the horses euthanized? Just a thought

me
me

What? No, that's a horrible thing to happen to a child at that age. The kid most likely even comprehend what the hell was going on during the time of the act. Sides, she is way too fugly.

lol
lol

yes it does...

Ghost
Ghost

What the hell does it matter if she drove to Maryland or not ? She is a fucking gross creeper. That information is useless and overall makes you sound like an idiot.

I'm on to you!
I'm on to you!

It's sooo obvious that you're a pedophile. You probably often comment on articles trying to postion things in a way that makes the offender seem to have a plausable excuse and the victim as having no credibility and probably lying. I see it all the time whenever there is an abuse article, there you are (and everyone like you). It's the same thing you keep telling yourself and the same thing you hope the jury will think when the cops get you!

No, there is no other way of looking at it. She is a pedo. You are a pedo and the child is an unfortunate victim. End of story

FemaleMolesters
FemaleMolesters

anonymous - "i cant believe a middle aged women would screw her life up having children and her husband for some 13 year old boy...."

I can believe it. After all, I report on them every day. Being a middle aged married woman or man with kids of your own doesn't mean you cannot be a child predator as far as the cops are concerned anonymous.

How Detectives Catch Child Predators

The men and women who hide behind computers, cameras and cell phones to prey on children can be anyone..........

http://www.kvia.com/news/25676...

B L Zebubba
B L Zebubba

You bet I would. Men and women are fundamentally different when it comes to their inclinations toward sex and the emotional effect it has on them.

anonymous
anonymous

it is different because that boy could of prevented anything form happenning.. i wouldnt be singing a different tune if it was a 13 year old girl and a 36 year old man if it was the same case.. a case that you could prevent it before anything ever could of happened... i would be singing a different tune if that 13 year old boy or girl whatever you please was forced to have sexual intercourse and couldnt do anything to prevent it like a lot of serious rape cases.... when theres innocent childs that can't do anything about it.. because they didnt know any of that was gonna happen.. i want to see the police actually catch more rapist that gain upon children that cant do anything about it..

B L Zebubba
B L Zebubba

She's not that bad. Her eyes are way too far apart though. Still, I think, with make-up, she'd fix up rather well - I'd've welcomed her when I was fourteen: 'tis a pity I was born some 40 years BXB ("Before X-Box").

None
None

Xbox Live has voice chat in certain online games and a party chat feature to talk to friends across games. It is not a chat room where the goal is only socialization. So you can derp all over this "durr, you can talk to people so it's a chat room, durrrr."

Parents should have used parental controls to keep the kid safe from a dangerous amount of high fives. Put the parents in jail for failure to protect the kid.

Buy the kid a wrist brace and some pain killers, he will get high fives for life.

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