Phoenix police Officer Richard Tucker made his initial court appearance on Nov. 10, 2015, after his second arrest in three days.
Maricopa County Superior Court
A former Phoenix police officer was sentenced to six months of jail and six years of probation in separate cases involving a domestic violence call and nude photos of a young girl.
Richard Tucker, 48, was sentenced Friday by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Michael Kemp.
Tucker pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in the first case and received a six-month jail sentence. He pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted surreptitious photographing, videotaping, filming or digitally recording or viewing and one count of disorderly conduct in the second case. He received a total of six years’ probation on those charges.
Tucker, who has served more than 500 days in jail, will get credit for 180 days served toward his jail sentence but no credit for his probation sentence.
Tucker was arrested on Nov. 4, 2015, in connection with a domestic violence call. Responding officers saw Tucker’s wife visibly upset and her clothing torn, according to court records.
His wife told police that her husband grabbed her and restricted her breathing after she tried to wake up Tucker to get him to speak to his attorney about a situation with his ex-wife, records state.
Two days later, he was arrested again after nude photos of a minor found in his home were turned in shortly after his initial arrest, court documents show.
Court documents said these nude photos, contained in a box, were taken to the Family Advocacy Center and turned over to Phoenix police.
An investigation began and police concluded that the photos were of a prepubescent girl, according to the records. After obtaining a search warrant, police found more pictures on Tucker’s mobile phone, records detail.
Records state police interviewed the minor girl, and she said she remembered Tucker taking those pictures.
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