A former corrections officer and probation officer, Larry Tucker, was arraigned on 28 counts Tuesday in the Meigs County Common Pleas Court.
Tucker’s public defender, Herman Carson, entered a “not guilty” plea for all 28 counts. The assigned judge from Perry County, Judge Linton Lewis, set Tucker’s bond at $200,000.
On May 3, Tucker was indicted on 28 charges, including sexual battery, kidnapping, and attempted compelling prostitution. The charges involve 11 different victims, including inmates or people under Tucker’s supervision at work. The 55-year-old was a corrections officer at the Middleport Jail and a probation officer and bailiff for the Meigs County Common Pleas Court.
“These charges involve allegations of sexual crimes or sexual assault against women who were inmates where the defendant was working, or probationers where the defendant was working as a probation officer,” said Chris Kinsler, a special prosecutor for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
Tucker was also president of the Meigs Local School Board, but one week ago, the board voted to remove him.
“He served ten years on the Meigs school board,” said Carson.
The prosecution argued that Tucker avoided being arrested two weeks ago by leaving Meigs County. However, the defense explained that Tucker was attending his son’s college graduation in Ashland, Ohio. That’s where he was arrested May 5 on the Meigs County warrant.
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office also claims that Tucker previously admitted to at least one incident.
“There was an interview of the defendant in which a video recording captured he and an inmate going into a laundry room for eight minutes where no one else was present, where he made, what we would argue is an admission that there was sexual contact there,” said Kinsler.
The charges stem from 2011 to 2017.