Maple Valley man pleads not guilty in state Superior Court

Thomas Hicks, a Maple Valley resident, pleaded not guilty Aug. 16 to charges of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes via electronic communication in the state Superior Court.

Hicks was arrested in Snohomish County June 14 and was subsequently charged with communicating with a minor for immoral purposes and attempted rape of a child in the third degree in the Everett Division of Snohomish County District Court June 17. Bail was set at $20,000. Hicks posted a bond and was released the same day, according to charging documents provided by Dave Wold, spokesman for the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office.

Hicks allegedly posted two different ads on Craigslist regarding “collecting virgins,” and allegedly communicated with two different undercover detectives.

According to court documents an undercover detective began communicating with Hicks in June, posing as an almost 16-year-old girl. Pictures were allegedly exchanged between the suspect and the detective and the documents say the he then agreed to come to a residence. Hicks was arrested when he arrived at the residence.

The court documents go on to allege that in May Hicks posted a similar ad and communicated with a detective from the Seattle Police Department who was posing as a foster mother of a 13-year-old girl, “who was interested in making some money.” The documents say Hicks met with the undercover detective and set a time to meet the 13-year-old but later changed his mind and sent a text message that said, “I’m sorry…but I can’t mess around with a minor.”

Hicks has no criminal history and bail was set at $100,000. He was taken into custody after the arraignment and posted bail. The trial date has been set for Nov. 1.


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