Probation officer charged with sexual battery

Staff Report

POMEROY — Meigs County Common Pleas Court Probation Officer Larry Tucker made an initial appearance in Meigs County Court on Wednesday on a single felony count of sexual battery.

Tucker was arrested on Wednesday afternoon on the charge and was released on a recognizance bond by Judge Steve Story.

According to the Ohio Revised Code, sexual battery is defined as engaging in sexual conduct with another, not the spouse of the offender when the offender is in a person of authority, when the victim is in the custody of law or a patient in a hospital and the offender has supervisory or disciplinary authority over the other person, among other situations.

The charge is a felony of the third-degree.

The allegation against Tucker is alleged to have occurred while performing his job duties with the village of Middleport, stated Prosecutor James K. Stanley. Tucker is employed as a corrections officer with the Middleport Jail, according to previous Sentinel reports.

A message left for the Middleport Mayor was not returned by Sentinel deadline on Wednesday.

The Meigs County Prosecutor’s Office represented the county at the initial hearing but has requested a special prosecutor through the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to handle the case moving forward, stated Stanley.

A hearing in County Court is scheduled for Monday at 10:30 a.m. Tucker was represented by attorney Charles Knight at the initial appearance.

Staff Report