November 2020

Sex predator sentenced to 18 years

A man from Great Barr has been jailed for 18 years after he raped and sexually assaulted an autistic teenager.

Matthew Tucker of Great Barr attacked the girl on two occasions in October 2019.

West Midlands Police arrested Tucker days later when the girl disclosed the sex attacks to a friend.

Examination of his phone and tablet revealed more than 2,200 screenshots of conversations between Tucker and his vulnerable victim, plus a log detailing sexual activity with children aged eight to 16 years old.

Police conducted extensive enquiries into Tucker’s work and personal life to identify children he may have encountered.

However, none of the children officers spoke to disclosed any offences and it’s believed the log was a figment of Tucker’s warped imagination, say police.

Officers also recovered some indecent images of children and bestiality from his devices.

Officers from the West Midlands Police Public Protection Unit, who are specially trained to help support victims of sexual assault, supported the teenager through the case and built up a strong case against Tucker.

On Monday, it led to a jury at Birmingham Crown Court convicting the 48-year-old on two counts of rape, sexual assault and possessing indecent images.

In police interview Tucker, from Raymond Avenue, claimed the girl initiated sexual contact but admitted he knew she was underage.

He has been jailed for 18 years and required to sign the sex offender’s register for life.

He must serve at least 12 years before he can be considered for parole.