Grand jury to hear sexual battery case

By Sarah Hawley -

POMEROY — A Meigs County Grand Jury will hear the case of a corrections officer accused of sexual battery.

Larry D. Tucker appeared alongside defense attorney Charles Knight for a preliminary hearing in Meigs County Court on Tuesday afternoon. Rather than proceed with the hearing, Tucker signed a waiver of his right to the hearing, sending the case to the grand jury.

According to the complaint filed in county court on Nov. 15, Tucker is alleged to have engaged in sexual conduct with a female who was incarcerated at the Middleport Jail. The complaint stated that Tucker “admitted to this allegation.”

Tucker has been free on a recognizance bond since an initial hearing on Nov. 15.

Special Prosecutor Angie Canepa requested that as an additional condition of that bond Tucker have no contact with any individuals which he previously supervised. The defense agreed with the condition.

Additionally, Tucker is to make weekly calls in to the county court probation department while he is out on bond.

Meigs County Common Pleas Court, where Tucker was a probation officer and bailiff, confirmed on Tuesday that Tucker had been terminated from his position with the court.

Tucker remains on administrative leave from his part time position with the Middleport Jail.

Additionally, Tucker, who serves as the president of the Meigs Local Board of Education, has been asked to stay off school property.

In a statement last week, Meigs Supt. Scot Gheen explained that the district does not have the same kind of disciplinary authority available as board members are elected officials.

Gheen further stated that the allegation being made does not involve the district, students or staff of Meigs Local.

By Sarah Hawley

Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.

Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.