Michael T. Ricks won’t be scamming any unsuspecting customers for a while.
I first reported Ricks to the Colorado Attorney General Office in 2002 after he set up a site called [truehairfacts dot com] to slander me for warning consumers about his Rejuvenu scam.
A judge sentenced him to 20 years to life after he was arrested for multiple charges of criminal impersonation and sexual assault.
Below is a historical record of this guy’s criminal activities involving Rejuvenu and his other scams.
June 2004 arrest
April 2005 arrest
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Sex predator gets 20 years to life
By Mike McPhee
Denver Post Staff Writer
A sexual predator believed to have assaulted 10 women while masquerading as a doctor, a chiropractor, a massage therapist and others, was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison Thursday in Douglas County District Court.
Michael Ricks, 46, asked Judge Thomas Curry for leniency, suggesting that he be given probation and treatment so he could begin working with young adolescents. As two victims and their families reacted in disbelief at Ricks’ request, Curry said there wasn’t a chance of granting it.
“It’s clear to me that you operate as two very different people - you are one person to your family and an entirely different person in the community where you carry on your activities as a chiropractor or whatever,” Curry said. “I believe you have a very high risk of reoffending and that you can’t be appropriately contained (as a sexual predator).”
Ricks was given the 20-year sentence after pleading guilty to one count of felony sexual assault. He received a two-year sentence after pleading guilty to one count of misdemeanor unlawful sexual contact. The sentences will be served concurrently. He must serve 13 years before becoming eligible for parole.
Darren Vahle, senior deputy district attorney, called Ricks “a good liar, a chronic liar who will say anything to get what he wants.”
“He put himself into positions of power, of authority over women, then used it for his own sexual gratification,” Vahle said.
One victim, who was assaulted last year when she was 18, told Curry she went to “Dr. Mike” after an automobile accident, believing he was a chiropractor and massage therapist who could relieve her pain and sore muscles. She testified that Ricks began massaging her, then told her she had internal bruising in her vagina, which required him to insert a vibrator in her.
The woman said she has lost all trust, even with lifelong friends, and is sometimes terrified to be out in public alone.
Ricks had a variety of business cards for different professions, all of which stated that he had a Ph.D. In fact, he has an undergraduate degree in drama from the University of Kansas.
Ricks has fathered eight children, ages 25 years to 10 months, with six women. Two of his eldest children testified Thursday that he has been a good father and deserves treatment. Ricks said his wife was unable to attend his sentencing because she was at work.
Denver police arrested him in April on charges of impersonating a police officer and said he was threatening to arrest women unless they had sex with him. His bond was forfeited and his bail increased to $1 million. He is to appear in Denver court Sept. 22.
9 News report
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Sexual predator gets life sentence
written by: Dan Werner Web producer
DOUGLAS COUNTY - A man who took on different identities to gain an advantage on his victims before sexually assaulted them was sentenced to 20 years to life Thursday.
Michael Ricks pleaded guilty to one felony count of sex assault and one misdemeanor count of sexual contact.
Prosecutors say Ricks posed as a chiropractor and massage therapist and sexually assaulted female patients.
Ricks also impersonated a police officer and coerced prostitutes to have sex with him to avoid being arrested.
“Mr. Ricks is very much like most sex offenders, he’s a great liar. A pathological liar and he’s a person who will say whatever he has to in order to get whatever he wants,” said Deputy District Attorney Darren Vahle.
Two of the victims told their stories, talked about what Ricks did to them, and how horribly the whole ordeal impacted their lives.
“This was very difficult for them,” said Vahle. “The youngest was just 18 when it happened.”
Vahle said he was happy the judge didn’t go easy on Ricks.
“We’re pleased with the lifetime sentence, we feel that’s appropriate for a guy like him,” Vahle said. “This has been going on for a long time, a lot of women have been abused. We think there are a lot of other women who’ve never come forward.”
Inside Denver report
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September 9, 2005
Man gets long prison term for sexual assault
Michael T. Ricks, a Douglas County man who passed himself off as a chiropractor, a massage therapist and cosmetologist in order to sexually assault 10 women, was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison Thursday.
“He’s an unsafe person,” said Douglas County senior deputy district attorney Darren Vahle. “Society is a lot more safe without him.”
Ricks, 45, who had worked as an Arby’s manager, pleaded guilty in March to one felony count of sexual assault and one misdemeanor count of unlawful sexual conduct.
The sentence for the felony charge means he must serve at least 20 years before he is eligible for parole.
Two of Ricks’ victims spoke at his sentencing hearing Thursday, as did members of his family.
Ricks asked for probation and pleaded for forgiveness Thursday, saying he admitted wrongdoing and regretted the pain and suffering he caused his victims.
Ricks still faces charges in Denver for impersonating a vice cop and forcing prostitutes to have sex with him in exchange for not arresting them while he was out on bond on the Douglas County charges.