BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) - A horse ranch owner in Baldwin County who is accused of sexual abuse is out on bond and speaking to FOX10 News.
The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office arrested Thomas Tucker, 65, after receiving four separate allegations of sex abuse from girls between the ages of 12 and 15.
On Friday September 6, deputies seized a computer, pictures, and business-related documents from Tucker’s horse ranch.
Tucker said he has been teaching kids to ride horses for years since his retirement. He and his attorney believe there are other motives behind the accusations.
"I wanted to do something special, and I put on horse camps for kids,” said Tucker. “I’ve had hundreds of kids go through there. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think an allegation like this would come out.”
“These four girls were all asked to leave one week prior to these allegations being made,” said defense attorney John Beck. “There was a dispute about money. There was a dispute about how they treated his property.”
Beck said the girls were asked to leave the ranch and never return.
Sheriff Hoss Mack, however, is confident deputies have the right guy despite the overwhelming support from Tucker’s friends and neighbors.
“Its not uncommon to get the Jeckel and Hyde-type story with these individuals,” said Sheriff Mack. “That's what makes this job difficult.”
“There is no way in the world that this could have happened,” said Tucker. “These kids are like my own kids. I treated them like they were my own kids.”
Authorities have yet to announce the evidence discovered at Tucker's ranch.
More details surrounding the case are expected to be revealed at Tucker's preliminary hearing.
FOX10 will continue to follow the case and let you know when that happens.
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