Man Accused of Extorting a Police Office Pleads Guilty

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A Staunton man accused of trying to extort more than $10,000 from a Harrisonburg police officer pleaded guilty Tuesday in Rockingham County Circuit Court.

James Lynwood Tuckson pleaded guilty to felony attempted extortion. A judge sentenced him to six months in prison.

On March 11, prosecutors say, the 29-year-old sent a letter to the officer threatening to file a complaint against him if he didn't return $12,000 that Tuckson claimed was seized from his home during the search.

The Virginia State Police investigated the claim and determined no money was taken from the home.

Tuckson is already serving a six-month jail sentence after a judge convicted him on July 24 of misdemeanor stalking.

Investigators say Tuckson stalked a HPD officer from April 1, 2012, to Feb. 9, 2014.

Among several accusations, police say, Tuckson claimed an officer raped him while was walking down a city street. Tuckson is appealing that conviction.


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