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Updated: Vernon Man Slapped with Charges Related to Attempted Sexual Assault, Auto Theft

He was in court on one charge and will answer more on Friday, police said.

Updated: Aug. 30, 8:21 p.m.

A Vernon man is facing serious charges related to the theft of a car from a local dealership and attempted sexual assault, police said this afternoon.

A news conference has been scheduled for later today outline the case against  Mark Joseph Tucker, 54. who lives at 155 West Main St., police said.

Tucker was charged with first-degree larceny when he was found to be in possession of a stolen Cadillac Escalade, valued at about $50,000, that was recently stolen from Scranton Motors in Vernon.

He was taken into custody at 10:23 p.m. on Wednesday for that charge, police said. His bond was initially set at $50,000 surety, but a judge today cut the amount in half today, police said.

This afternoon, Tucker was charged with the attempted sexual assault of a minor, risk of injury to a minor and criminal attempt to deliver alcohol to a minor, police said. The incident involved a boy police said is 13 years old, a department spokesman said. Tucker is a registered sex offender in Vermont, police said. 

He is to be arraigned on those charges on Friday, police said. The judge did place a $50,000 cash-only bond on those charges and Tucker remained in custody, police said.

Loretta T August 30, 2012 at 08:10 PM
I'm confused as to why a judge would cut his bond in half? It was already low to begin with and he is a repeat sex offender?
Chris Dehnel August 31, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Loretta, the story has been updated with the police clarifying a separate $50,000 cash-only bond for the charges the suspect will be arraigned for on Friday.

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