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Suspicious Mom Finds Son’s Older ‘Friend’ On Sex Offender Registry

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Mark Tucker, Jr. Photo from Vernon Police Department.

Mark Tucker, Jr. Photo from Vernon Police Department.

Police say a mother became suspicious about a 54-year-old man who showed great interest in her 13-year-old son.

Vernon Police Lieutenant William Meier said the mother looked up 54-year-old Mark Tucker, Junior in the sex offender registry, and found him listed there.

“Mr. Tucker took him out to dinner, offered him some alcohol, and when the mother learned of this when the boy returned home, she contacted police, who did an investigation,” Meier said.

Police say Tucker was trying to befriend the boy, and planned to engage in sexual activity with the child.

If there are any other victims, police are hoping they will come forward.  Investigators also discovered that Tucker had stolen a Cadillac Escalade.

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