|Published:||Jan 11, 2011 5:13 PM EST|
|Updated:||Jan 11, 2011 2:13 PM EST|
FORT MYERS- An anonymous tip to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers Monday afternoon led to the arrest early this morning of Brian Tuck, on charges of capital sexual battery and lewd and lascivious molestation of a child under the age of 12.
Tuck, DOB 3/8/77, is accused of molesting an eight year old girl over the course of nearly a year, with the most recent act occurring just this past Christmas Eve. The day after Christmas, the young girl complained about pain she was having, at which point the accusations came to light. Family members confronted Tuck with the allegations, to which he denied any involvement. The following day, detectives with the Lee County Sheriff's Office's Sex Crimes Unit responded and assumed the investigation. Detectives attempted to locate and question Tuck, who upon learning of the investigation fled Lee County.
On January 10, a felony arrest warrant for capital sexual battery on a child and lewd and lascivious molestation was issued. Members of the United States Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force immediately assumed the investigation to locate Tuck, acting upon the information received from the Crime Stoppers tip. The task force is comprised of representatives of the US Marshal's Office, the Lee County Sheriff's Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Cape Coral Police Department and the Fort Myers Police Department.
Working through the night, in cooperation with the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, Tuck was located and arrested at a motel on A1A Boulevard in Brevard County. Tuck will be returned to Fort Myers to face the sexual battery and lewd and lascivious molestation charges.
This morning's arrest isn't Tuck's first. He has three previous DUI arrests in Lee County, as well as an arrest in New York for vehicular assault while driving drunk. His last DUI was on December 28th, just one day after the abuse allegations came to light. It was after his release from jail on that charge that he fled the area.
Upon Tuck's return to Lee County, he will be held without bond in the Lee County Jail.