Suspected rapist once worked as sheriff’s office volunteer
Posted: Thursday, September 3, 2009 9:04 pm
The man charged today by Martin police for allegedly raping a woman in that community was once a volunteer with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services Bureau.
Volunteers in the Sheriff’s Emergency Services Bureau provide emergency medical care at community events and during search and rescue incidents.
Bruce Tuck, 35, served as a volunteer from Sept. 7, 1998, until April 5, 2004. He passed a criminal background check before being trained as a rescue volunteer. In a resignation letter, Tuck indicated he left the bureau to be a reserve officer with another local law enforcement agency, according to a press release from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. During Tuck’s six years of service as a volunteer, he received only one reprimand for not following the chain of command.
Shelby County Sheriff’s Office detectives have worked jointly with the Martin Police Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Weakley County Sheriff’s Department and the Memphis Police Department during the investigation into recent sexual assaults, which culminated with Tuck’s arrest. Detectives say he could be linked to other sexual assaults in Martin, Memphis and Shelby County, according to the press release.
In recent years, Tuck also had a “Tuck for Constable” Web site where numerous photos of himself — including some in uniform — were posted when he apparently was a candidate for constable in another county.
According to his candidate Web site, Tuck said he had seen firsthand what crime can do to a great community if it is not effectively prevented and suppressed and how corrupt law enforcement officials violate the trust of the citizens of the community.
Published in The Messenger 9.3.09