Cop Stalker Sentenced

Posted: July 26, 2014

HARRISONBURG — A Staunton man found guilty of stalking a Harrisonburg police officer will spend at least six months in jail with the possibility of more time if convicted of a felony extortion charge.

James Lynwood Tuckson, 29, was convicted Thursday in Rockingham County General District Court by Judge Richard Claybrook.

Claybrook sentenced Tuckson to six months in jail on the misdemeanor charge.

Investigators with the Virginia State Police say Tuckson stalked the Harrisonburg Police Department officer from April 1, 2012, to Feb. 9, 2014.

Among Tuckson’s actions, police say, he filed a complaint stating the uniformed officer raped him while was walking down the street.

Police arrested Tuckson Feb. 11.

Tuckson still faces one felony count of accusing a person of a criminal offense to extract money.

He’s scheduled for trial on Aug. 12 in Rockingham County Circuit Court on that charge.

Police say that case is connected to the search of Tuckson’s home for a cellphone and computer related to an abduction investigation.

Following the search, police say, Tuckson wrote a letter to Chris O’Neill, an HPD investigator, March 11. 

The letter threatened to file a complaint against the detective if he didn’t return $10,000 that Tuckson claimed was taken from his home during the search.

Police say no money was taken.

The VSP also investigated that case.

Police say that O’Neill is not the officer Tuckson is accused of stalking.

Tuckson is being held at Middle River Regional Jail in Verona.

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