Rapist's father speaks about son's crime - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Rapist's father speaks about son's crime

DRESDEN, TN (WMC-TV) - For the first time, the father of a man convicted in a string of West Tennessee rapes is speaking to the media.  Action News 5 sister station WBBJ-TV spoke to Bruce Tuck's father moments after Thursday's hearing.

In the courtroom Thursday, Bruce Tuck showed little emotion as he calmly accepted his sentence.  The man who came to be known as the 'big bellied rapist' was sentenced to 60 years in prison with no possibility of probation or parole.

Outside the courtroom, Tuck's father, Robert, told WBBJ-TV the entire Tuck family was struggling with what Bruce had done.

"I know he's done wrong," Robert Tuck said. "I know he is going to have to pay for what he's done, but he is still my son, and I still love him."

Robert Tuck, his wife and son sat directly behind Bruce in the courtroom, patting each other on the back during the court proceedings.  They were visibly upset when the judge read the sentence.

Outside of the courtroom, Tuck's father told WBBJ-TV he never wanted to believe his son actually did what he was accused of doing.

"I just told myself that there's nothing to it. They are going to find out that he didn't do it. And they found out he did," Tuck said.

Tuck went on to say he questions his son's mental health and thinks that may be to blame.

"He kept telling us he didn't do it," Tuck said. "He's got some problems with mental health. He's got two sides. I don't think he really realized what he had done 'till later, until the other side began to take over."

But in the end, Robert Tuck said it's a situation he wouldn't wish on anyone..

"It is just a bad situation all around, and I just hope and pray that nobody has to go through this again," he said.

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