A former Izard County Consolidated band instructor, Stacy Lynn Tucker, 40, was sentenced to 48 months incarceration with 25 years supervised release and a $100 special penalty assessment and forfeiture of computer equipment on Sept. 3 for possession of child pornography.
According to a press release from the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, "Special conditions placed on the defendant include undergoing mental health counseling and treatment, sex offender registration, monitored Internet access and no contact with minor children without the express consent of the probation office."
An investigation, started in January 2007, uncovered Tucker of Fayetteville, formerly of Melbourne, who was involved in sexually explicit acts over the Internet.
An Oxford, Miss., Police Department investigator posed as a 14-year-old girl in a chat room. The investigator was approached by Tucker, who was using the screen name "m719532003." Tucker explained that he was sexually interested in young girls.
In another chat session April 4 and 5, 2007, Tucker invited the investigator to view pornographic material. A pornographic child image was forwarded April 5 in the session.
During these chats Tucker would coerce the under-cover investigator to engage in sexual role play.
A federal search warrant was issued at Tucker's residence on June 5, 2007, where numerous items of pornographic paraphernalia were found.
According to the press release, "Two computers and computer related equipment were seized for examination. A forensic exam revealed the presence of child pornography on the two computers as well as a thumb drive. There were a total of 197 still images. Approximately 86 of those images involved minors under the age of 12. Also located were seven child pornographic videos; four of which involved minors under the age of 12."
Tucker pled guilty to one count of possession of child pornography on March 25, 2008. Tucker was still a band instructor at ICC when the offense was committed.
"This case is a perfect example of state and federal government working together to protect our children," United States Attorney Jane W. Duke said. "Possession of child pornography is a serious offense. Each time child pornographic images are viewed, the child is victimized. Without people like Stacy Tucker who want to look at these images for their sexual pleasure, there would not be a market for these images and innocent children would not be victimized in this way. The United States Attorney's Office would like to thank our law enforcement partners who understand the seriousness of this offense and who do all they can to combat this on a daily basis."
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Oxford, Miss., Police Department both investigated the case. Assistant United States Attorney Karen Whatley was the prosecutor for the case.