BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) - FOX10 has uncovered new details in a sex abuse investigation surrounding a well-known horse ranch owner in Baldwin County.
Authorities are asking Thomas Tucker to submit to DNA testing after a search warrant at his residence turned up a laptop computer, numerous pictures, and approximately 50 pairs of women’s underwear, many of which were juvenile underwear.
Authorities said at least three of those juvenile undergarments were found in Tucker’s bedroom closet, soiled with what officials believe to be semen.
The investigating officer said, “It is my belief that the suspect was using the juvenile female underwear for sexual gratification.”
Tucker is currently out on bond for 6 counts of sex abuse second degree.
The charges stem from 4 teenaged girls who allege that Tucker touched them inappropriately in an “intimate area” over a 5 month period.
The alleged abuse took place at Tucker’s horse camp, where students regularly sleep over and ride.
Investigators say the alleged victims claim that articles of clothing would regularly turn up missing, specifically panties and other undergarments.
Tucker and his attorney John Beck have adamantly denied the allegations, claiming that the female students held a grudge.
Tucker’s attorney told FOX10 last month, “These four girls were all asked to leave one week prior to these allegations being made. There was a dispute about money. There was a dispute about how they treated his property at the camp.”
The defendant is expected in court on October, 3 for a preliminary hearing.
Beck said he could not yet comment on the evidence, but says he has filed a motion of his own.
A judge ruled that Tucker must submit to the DNA testing.
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