Judge sentences ‘psychopath,’ ‘narcissist’ on child sexual assault

Adams County man sexually assaulted 5 children starting in 1989
Judge sentences ‘psychopath,’ ‘narcissist’ on child sexual assault
Joey Hicks

An Adams County man was sentenced Monday for sexually assaulting five children in incidents dating back to 1989.

Joey Hicks was sentenced on multiple counts of child sexual assault after being found guilty in a seven-day jury trial in Adams County in April, according to a release. He was convicted of three counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child, three 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.

Hicks, 49, was sentenced to a total of 75 years in prison, according to the release.

Several victims testified during the trial that Hicks sexually assaulted them when they were children during incidents that occurred in 1989, 1994, 2004 and 2005.

According to the criminal complaint, one of the victims told police Hicks had sex with her more than 100 times. She said he would use horses to lure her into the woods, and sexually assaulted her starting when she was 4 years old up until she was 16 years old. She said she was assaulted in various locations growing up.

The complaint states that the other victims also reported multiple assaults and threats of retaliation if they were to tell anyone.

When imposing the sentence, Judge John Roemer told Hicks that his “record indicates he is a psychopath and is unable to comply with the law,” and that Hicks has “no concern for others or children,” according to the release. Roemer described Hicks as a narcissist who only cares about his own sexual needs.