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Adams County Man Convicted of Sexually Assaulting Five Children


MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and Adams County District Attorney Tania Bonnett announced today that Joey Hicks of Adams County was found guilty on April 29, 2014, of multiple counts of child sexual assault after a seven day jury trial in Adams County.


At trial, several victims testified that when they were children, Joey Hicks sexually assaulted them.  Hicks was found guilty of nine counts of sexual assault for victimizing five children.  Hicks was convicted of three counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child, 3 counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child, incest, repeated acts of sexual assault of a child and attempted first-degree sexual assault of a child.  The incidents occurred in 1989, 1994, and 2004-2005.  Hicks faces a maximum of 290 years imprisonment when he is sentenced.


Juneau County Judge John Roemer presided over the Adams County trial.  Judge Roemer revoked bail and ordered a presentence investigation and case will be set for sentencing.


District Attorney Tania Bonnett and Assistant Attorney General Karie D. Cattanach represent the State.  This investigation was conducted by the Adams County Sheriff’s Department.  Victim services are being provided by the Adams County victim witness unit.