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Former ICC teacher indicted

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

A former Izard County Consolidated band teacher may soon find himself labeled as a sex offender.

Stacy Lynn Tucker, 39, formerly of Melbourne, was recently indicted on one count child pornography by a Little Rock grand jury.

According to FBI Special Agent Ed Jernigan who lead the investigation, Tucker came under suspicion after he allegedly entered an Internet chat room and began talking with an individual he thought was a 14-year-old female from Mississippi but was actually an undercover officer.

Beginning Jan. 23 through late May under the guise of a couple from Arkansas, Tucker began chatting with the officer.

In the affidavit signed by Jernigan, Tucker wanted to trade "naughty" pictures with the young girl. He asked if the girl was a virgin and repeatedly asked to role play as a father and daughter, young neighbor or teacher and student.

Throughout their chats Tucker sent the officer multiple sexually explicit images of adults as well as what appeared to be a self-photograph of a nude white female approximately 11-13 years old.

On April 5 Tucker and the girl role played father and daughter. Tucker initiated a sexually explicit conversation during which he described performing oral sex on the girl and asked her to perform sex acts for "daddy."

During his chats with the officer, Tucker used the screen name "m719532003," and in April investigators learned the name was addressed to Tucker who lived in Mena prior to residing in Melbourne. Mena's ZIP code is 71953.

After obtaining this information, officers used other bits of information Tucker posted during chats and obtained a warrant to search his residence and confiscate his computer and any computer related equipment.

"... the increased sense of security that a computer affords and the known desire to retain child pornography and other hard-core sexually explicit pornography for long periods provides probable cause to believe that computer images will be retained ... the use of a computer to traffic, trade and collect child pornography and hard-core sexually explicit pornography is a growing phenomenon," Jernigan said in reference to confiscating Tucker's computer and related equipment. "Your affiant (Jernigan) is aware that an individual familiar with a computer can use the computer's capabilities to interact with many distant individuals while remaining largely hidden."

Tucker worked with the ICC School District as the band teacher for grades 5-12 throughout the 2006-2007 school year and submitted his resignation June 19, according to ICC?Superintendent Fred Walker.

Walker said he never received any complaints about Tucker and that officers assured him Tucker had never contacted anyone in Arkansas in connection with his indictment.

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