Lake Forest, CA
- The pouty-faced creature staring back at you today is 36-year old Rachel Hicks. She acquired some new shiny bracelets on Friday when she was arrested for allegedly having sex with a 13-year old boy. Police say Hicks befriended the boy back in September while playing Xbox Live online. Not long after that, the two began trading phone calls, texts and e-mails which included sexually explicit images and movies. While visiting family in Florida for the Thanksgiving holiday, Hicks drove to the boy’s home in Maryland and “engaged in sexual activity” with him. Family members of the boy confronted him when they found romantic messages from Hicks on his cell phone. The boy admitted to the relationship. Hicks, who had used a fake name while communicating with the boy and claimed to be 23, was tracked down by investigators with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations Child Exploitation Unit. Hicks, who has three children, was arrested at her home on Friday
and is being held without bail on suspicion of rape, child molestation and sexual solicitation of a minor. Hicks also admitted to having a relationship with at least one other underage boy in California. Authorities are searching for additional victims and ask that anyone with information to call 1-866-TIP-OCSD or 1-866-847-6273.