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Child molester arrested

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Rick K. Cooksey
The Clay County Sheriff's Department booked a Parke County man for alleged child abuse charges into jail early Saturday morning.

Det. Jeff Maynard confirmed to The Brazil Times that a parent of a juvenile under the age of 10-years-old contacted the Clay County Justice Center Friday evening about alleged incidents of sexual misconduct.

During the initial investigation, officers questioned and later took into custody Rick K. Cooksey, 47, Carbon.

Around 1 a.m., Saturday, Cooksey was booked into jail on preliminary charges of child molesting on a $50,000 cash bond. Jail officials confirmed Sunday night that Cooksey remains incarcerated at the facility awaiting formal arraignment.

Although details are limited due to the ongoing investigation, Maynard said there is the potential for more charges outside Clay County.

The Brazil Times will update this story as more details become available.

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We need to construct a gallows on the Court House lawn, this guy should be the first customer.

-- Posted by sceptic on Sun, May 11, 2008, at 9:40 PM

What ever happend to Innocent until proven guilty?

-- Posted by Partrosie on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 8:45 AM

When children are involved there is no one innocent until proven guilty. I know that is not the way that it should be but I have no toleration for anyone who abuses little kids.

-- Posted by beautiful978 on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 9:17 AM

I don't either but that is the way the justice system is set up, so we should follow it.

-- Posted by Partrosie on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 9:52 AM

If you look on the sex offender website you'll see that he isn't "innocent", even though his conviction was in 1991 and the registry only requires offenders to register for 10 years (he no longer had to register from 2002 till now). Child molesters don't get better. They still have urges, they still commit lewd acts against defenseless children. He's served time for being "proven guilty".

Should he continue to be punished? In my mind, yes. He should have a constant reminder of what he did .. the child he molested won't forget after 10 years and will have relationship/male issues for life. His sentence should be life as well.

I've never had a child molested (thank God), but I feel for those who have and I have no pity or remorse for the child molester.

-- Posted by Emmes on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 10:36 AM


There is the website. See for yourself. Type in this offenders name. All of the information is right there.

-- Posted by Emmes on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 10:38 AM

This person needs to see the Full Rath of GOD for his abuse of little children, He has done this before... and unless he is stopped he will do this again.

-- Posted by Bema on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 10:46 AM

I have known this man for several years. He is a kind, hard-working man at fist impression, but then once you have known him for a few years or more, his true side shows. He claims to be baptized in the holy spirit, he does attend church,but then when he is not in church, he is a totally different person. He claims to be a Christian, but yet he was convicted of this same crime in the 1980's.You tell me how a fully religious man, so he claims to be, can be innocent if he was convicted of the same charge nearly 20 years ago? Is this man REALLY innocent and has he really changed his ways and found GOD or is he just playing the role of a Christian in and around church and then having fun on the devil's playground when others aren't looking? The churches that he has attended in the past few years, please take time to talk to your children!And this is why we are so afraid to let our kids even go to school, extra-curricular activities,and such these days!

-- Posted by protectourkids on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 12:11 PM

Every day I see children of all ages running the streets of Brazil, where are the parents/ child care provider? Maybe this is one of the reason these sick bas**** are doing what they are doing. We as parents need to pay closer to the people whom live by us. You can get information on where sex offenders live in your area. I think sex with under age , christian or not , family members or not should be punished to the max and then some.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 1:33 PM

"What ever happend to Innocent until proven guilty?"

-- Posted by Partrosie on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 8:45 AM

What ever happened to sickos not touching children? What ever happened to finding someone your own age to be with? People need to research as much as possible on people around our children (when possible). Also it helps to meet and know the parents of children that your children play or hang out with. Look for signs, sometimes shyness isn't automatic. What were the terms of his sentence? I didn't know that after 10-20 years that your status (whether you are required to register or not) changed as far as having to stay away from children.... Hmmmm

-- Posted by Southernized on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 1:54 PM

This makes me SICK!

-- Posted by madmom61 on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 2:47 PM

I've known this person, because he's not a MAN, for close to my entire life. He was a perv when he hung around my brother and all the rest of "icks" that they hung with. I've seen this person out over the years and he's exactly as one person discribed him, when you 1st meet him he seem god fearing, hard working and respectable, but i think he plays that role so he can get close to children. make people think he's trustworthy and then take advantage of your children. He's sick. I think once a convicted molestor you should stay on that list for your entire life! the victims don't get to get over their trauma in 10 yearsl, so he shouldn't get a clean slate either.....i agree put him in the gallows post his picture everywhere so everyone will know his face and know, your children aren't safe!!!! Just because he hides behind god's word doesn't make him a christian!

-- Posted by cheeziette on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 4:34 PM

Well I can tell you first hand the only way to be sure of your child is too keep a full track on them. As a molested child no one new what was happining to me not even myself @ 4 to 5 yrs.old a child doesn't realize and if the person is a regular person to the family or a bigger sibblings friend this can go on as long as the child trust the person, Children are trusting and innocent and that is why these people can manipulate them. I Feel VERY Sorry for the child/children involved because I know I'll never totally get over my childhood and it has been with me over 30yrs. Since then I have trouble remebering (Blocked Out) my past and had a really hard time growing up because of this. I spent alot of time in carbon and knew rick all to well, I have not seen him since i was a child until todays picture in the paper & I'm glad they have him...

-- Posted by sadtimes on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 5:03 PM

Growing up in Carbon, I KNOW a lot of weirdo's. The sad thing is there were always accusations and no one ever did anything about it. Sadtimes I understand your pain. I work with abused children on a daily basis and it saddens my heart at the anguish you go through, but know that you're not a lone, you carry a big burden placed on you by a monster, but know that burden doesnt have to be shared in silence and loneliness, there are people who care and are willing to help. My prayers go to you, becasue I do understand the nitemare you walk through. Hopefully this one stays behind bars for a very long time.

-- Posted by cheeziette on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 6:31 PM

he should be put away forever!! Wait until he goes to prison he will be well rewarded for his actions!!!!

-- Posted by ashaugh on Tue, May 13, 2008, at 12:05 PM

I tottaly agree with patrosie!

-- Posted by NorthviewGirl on Tue, May 13, 2008, at 12:07 PM

-- Posted by ashaugh on Tue, May 13, 2008, at 12:45 PM

This guy was convicted in 1991 for child MOLESTING and had a 10 year registration. Maybe it needed to be longer....

-- Posted by sadtimes on Wed, May 14, 2008, at 4:04 PM

Ok so why would you let someone around your child when you know they have molested someone in the past??? I wouldn't care who it was friend or family they would never get the chance to ever be around my child alone. As parents we are put here to protect our children, if we don't do it nobody will!!! My God what does it take to open peoples eyes and see that our children are our future and what kind of one will we have when we let scum like rick cooksey run around and do what he did to all of these children?? You know as a mother I can't say for sure what I would've done if this would've happened to my child but I am sure most loving mothers know exactly what I would like to do and nobody would have to worry about being on any list and what kind of sentence he would get.

I get on the child molester hotline and look at everyones picture in town and I show my daughter the photos also so she knows who the scum of the world are and to stay away at all cost!

So for rick cooksey I hope he gets what he deserves and he will here on this earth and the afterlife. Just because he went to church and said he was such a christian didn't make him a christian in his heart, I knew from the very first day I ever met him he was evil and after 20 years he still is evil. I have been told that he has no remorse and I believe it.

To all his victims I am so sorry. So listen if your child has ever been exposed to this person(if you can call him that) please talk to them ask them straight out if he ever hurt them in anyway and pray he hasn't but if he has get them help!!!!

-- Posted by yearight on Wed, May 14, 2008, at 6:18 PM

to the people who posted a comment about this story you have no right judging him only GOD can judge him he knows what he did was wrong and will have to face GOD himself.my name is ashley cooksey i am his daughter to the people who know my father would you please send me an email and let me know who you are. i just meet my father 3 years ago and did not know what he was. i dont judge those who have their opions but really GOD is the only one who can judge him. no i dont agree with what he did he is a very sick man he knew what he was doing was wrong and didnt care. and im sorry for all those kids that he did anything to but please dont judge me or look at me like im bad just cause what my father did he is no longer in my life he may have made me but i got a real father and he is a good man but if any one has any questions or would like to talk to me about my father you can send me an email as long as it is not harsh cause like i said im not my father i did nothing wrong my email address is ashley.cooksey@yahoo.com please dont be hateful to me

-- Posted by jgonser on Thu, May 15, 2008, at 1:41 PM


I've read the comments below as well and am sorry that you were hurt by the comments and thoughts of the people in your hometown. Many times people don't think before they speak/express their thoughts and don't think about how their words affect others. You were brave to speak out and include a contact I only pray that no one attacks you or further hurts with their words.

We are certainly not to judge and I pray that your father finds some type of help and healing for what he has done.

To everyone else this is not just one person in this county charged with this crime, if you do a search they are EVERYWHERE. It's just important to stay calm and educated yourselves and children.

-- Posted by hoosiertwins on Thu, May 15, 2008, at 3:19 PM

Ashley, nobody is attacking you or your family. I feel for the ones who are related to him because it is sad, hurtful and I am sure a little embarrassing. You are your own person and nobody should judge you for what he has done. And yes he will be judged by the community and eventually God but thats the way it works. you do wrong and you MUST pay for your actions and he will. I would consider getting counseling just to help yourself deal with all of this and so you understand you are your own person.

-- Posted by yearight on Thu, May 15, 2008, at 4:43 PM

Why is there a 10 year register limit?? I feel that if you committed this horrible crime that you should have to register until you die! My step children's mother married one.... uggghhh and you cannot find him unless you know his name and search him! That is not fair for the innocents that have to live by one or whatever the case may be! I think the law should be changed and be retroactive for all of those charged with this horrific crime!! To try to avoid a terrible crime like this happening again!! If you are sick in the head and do this once..... I think the possibility of this happening again are very good. That's just my two cents.

-- Posted by chickenlady on Tue, May 20, 2008, at 7:21 AM

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