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Serial rape suspect pleads guilty in Dresden

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DRESDEN, TN (WMC-TV) - Bruce Tuck, the suspect in a series of West Tennessee rapes who came to be known as the 'big bellied rapist' pleaded guilty Thursday to 19 counts, including six counts of aggravated rape.

Tuck entered the pleas during a hearing in Desden.

"I'd like to say to the victims of these crimes that not a day goes by I don't think about what I've done," Tuck said in court Thursday. "I accept full responsibility for these serious crimes."

District Attorney General Tommy Thomas said the prosecution's case was airtight.

"He didn't have many good options," Thomas said.

According to the facts read in court, in each case Tuck used a condom, forcibly raped his victim at gunpoint, and then made the victim run bath water.  He then bathed them in an effort to destroy any potential evidence before forcing them back into the bedroom where he tied them up once again.

Thomas said Tuck confessed his crimes to police after he'd been caught.

"The defendant made a voluntary statement," he said.

As part of the plea bargain, Tuck agreed to serve three consecutive 20-year sentences in state prison, for an effective sentence of 60 years.  As a convicted multiple rapist, he must serve every day of his time with no possibility of parole.

Tuck, who is 36-years-old, told the judge he understood the 60-year sentence means it is likely he will never be released from prison.

"It never was a case that was going to be tried," said Tuck's attorney, Colin Johnson. "And Bruce didn't want to try it because of his family and the victims."

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office says Tuck is the lone suspect in a Cordova rape. Investigators say they will turn over the evidence to the Shelby County District Attorney to be presented to a grand jury.

Tuck, meanwhile, said he was seeking forgiveness.

"Since I've been incarcerated I've begun to study my bible," he said. "And I have asked for forgiveness and I hope that one day they can forgive me as well."

For now, Tuck is being housed in the Weakley County Jail. If Shelby County files charges quickly, he will be taken to 201 Poplar. If not, he'll be sent straight to state prison.

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