VC Man Sentenced for Sex Crime

A Valley City man convicted of gross sexual imposition of a child under 15
was sentenced Wednesday in Barnes County District Court.

Timothy Tucker, 30, was convicted of gross sexual imposition of an 8-year-old female for the September, 2013 incident after he entered an Alford plea on April 8, meaning he admitted enough evidence was present to convict him. He did not admit to the crime, according to Barnes County States Attorney Carl Martineck.

Tucker was sentenced to 10 years in prison, three of which was suspended, and will be required to register as a sex offender for at least 15 years, according to Martineck.

Prosecutors claimed Tucker laid naked on top of the 8-year-old girl. During Wednesday's sentencing, Tucker took responsibility for the crime and said he needed treatment, said Martineck.