Sheriff refutes rapist's claims of coercion

By Kontji Anthony - bio | email

DRESDEN, TN (WMC-TV) - Weakley County Sheriff Mike Wilson says convicted serial rapist Bruce Tuck was just trying to get attention when he filed a petition over the weekend to overturn his conviction on 19 combined rapes, kidnappings and robberies.

"Bruce is just playing with you," Wilson said Monday.

Despite taking full responsibility last December, Bruce Tuck, the man dubbed "The Big-Bellied Rapist," claims in his petition that jailers fed him only lettuce will trying to coerce a confession. According to Tuck, when he was finally offered chips and a cold drink, he was quick to confess.

"I don't know what he's talking about," Wilson said.

According to Wilson, the 275-pound Tuck ate what the other inmates ate. In fact, in an interview last November, he said food was an issue for Tuck.

"I don't know if he's just testing us or what, maybe throwing his food at one time or another," Wilson said in a November 5th interview.

Monday, Wilson also refuted Tuck's claims that investigators never read Tuck his Miranda rights.

"It's just bogus," he said. "Those things he stated are not true."

And on Tuck's claims investigators unlawfully searched his house without a warrant, Wilson disagrees.

"There was a warrant, a search warrant, to search his house," he said.

Tuck also claims there was another suspect in one of the cases who "lived near the victims," had "reddish-brown hair" and "wore a type of mask not owned by the defendant."

According to Wilson, Tuck was their one and only suspect.

"He's accomplishing what he's set out to do," Wilsons said. "You guys are reporting on it. I understand you've got to when he makes those accusations, but there's nothing to them."

Tuck's petition accuses the judge of failing to tell him about his privilege against self-incrimination.  That very judge will rule whether or not to overturn the conviction.  If Tuck appeals again, the case goes to federal court in Jackson, Tennessee.

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