Tacoma engineer allegedly solicited teen for sex

June 18, 2013 

A principal with the Tacoma engineering firm AHBL has been arrested for allegedly attempting to solicit a teenager for sex.

Everett police created an email account for a fictitious 15-year-old girl after spotting a Craigslist post allegedly written by Thomas Hicks in which he wrote he was “collecting virgins,” authorities said.

Hicks, a married father of two, allegedly corresponded with the “girl” over the Internet, exchanged online photographs with her and set up a meeting, court records show.

Hicks, who lives in Maple Valley, traveled to Everett on Friday to meet the girl at an apartment, police said. Detectives were waiting for him.

He admitted he sent some of the emails from his office in Tacoma’s historic Old Town neighborhood, authorities said.

Hicks’ biography identifies him as principal in AHBL’s structural division with 20 years’ experience designing federal and state structures. He is considered an expert on military design standards.

He was ordered jailed in lieu of $20,000 bail during his first appearance in Snohomish County court.

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