Former Corrections Officer Arrested In Ashland County

Former Corrections Officer Arrested In Ashland County

  • 5/9/2018 9:40:47 AM
  • Joe Lyons
  • Local News

ASHLAND COUNTY, OH - A former Meigs County Corrections Officer was arrested in Ashland County over the weekend. 

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the arrest of Larry D. Tucker, age 55, of Pomeroy. Tucker was a former corrections officer and probation officer in Meigs County. A grand jury indicted Tucker on charged related to an alleged sexual assault or attempted sexual assault of nearly a dozen women under his supervision. 

The Meigs County grand jury indicted Tucker on the following charges:

Kidnapping, six counts, felonies of the first degree
Sexual Battery, six counts, felonies of the third degree
Gross Sexual Imposition (GSI), five counts, felonies of the fourth degree
Attempted sexual battery, five counts, felonies of the fourth degree
Attempted compelling prostitution, four counts, felonies of the fourth degree
Soliciting, one count, a misdemeanor of the third degree
Theft in office, one count, a felony of the fifth degree

According to an investigation conducted by Attorney General DeWine's Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Tucker is accused of sexually assaulting or attempting to sexually assault 11 different inmates and/or probationers while working as a corrections officer at the Middleport Jail and as a Meigs County Common Pleas Court probation officer. 

The incidents are alleged to have occurred between January 2011 and November 2017.

Each sexual battery charge and kidnapping charge carries a sexual violent predator specification. The six kidnapping charges also carry specifications alleging that the crimes were committed with sexual motivation. 

Evidence of alleged theft in officer were also uncovered over the course of the investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by attorneys with Attorney General DeWine's Special Prosecutions Section. 

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