Yesterday, April 6, 2017, Phillip Wayne Rickard, 51 years old, pled guilty after which 221st District Court Judge Lisa Michalk sentenced him to 25 years in prison for the first degree felony offense of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child in the 221st District Court.
Rickard was arrested in 2016 after an investigation by the Montgomery County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Tippecanoe County (Indiana) Sheriff’s Office revealed he had paid a woman in Indiana $15 dollars through PayPal to watch her perform oral sex on her two month old son via Skype. Investigator Nikki Neeley with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office found that Rickard not only paid this woman but was paying other women online to perform sexual acts. The plea was the result of the great work by the investigators with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. When Rickard’s sentence expires in 2042 he will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Rickard was a former prison guard for Texas Department of Criminal Justice and a former Detention Officer at the Montgomery County Jail. Rickard had no prior criminal history.
Nikki Neeley, Lead Investigator said, “Phillip Rickard is a sick man who deserves every year of this sentence. This was one of the worst cases I have seen in my career in law enforcement. What he did was beyond comprehension.” The Golden Hammer most certainly agrees.
Tyler Dunman, Special Crimes Bureau Chief added, “The ICAC Task Force continues to remove dangerous sexual predators from within community. We are very fortunate to have this team of dedicated law enforcement professionals working so diligently for the safety of our children and community.”