- Associated Press - Saturday, February 6, 2016

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A retired St. Paul police officer who was a Golden Gloves boxer is accused of physically assaulting a 14-year-old boy at a group home where he worked as a counselor.

Clemmie Tucker Sr., 64, of St. Paul is charged with malicious punishment of a child, a gross misdemeanor, the St. Paul Pioneer Press (https://bit.ly/1VZDuT5 ) reported. A warrant has been issued for Tucker’s arrest.

He could not be reached for comment Friday, the newspaper said.

Surveillance video shows Tucker pushed the teen into a table, and then kicked him and punched him in the face with a closed fist, according to the criminal complaint. The boy had bruising and swelling on his cheek and chin. He said Tucker punched him in the face and head “too many times to count,” the complaint said.

According to the complaint, Tucker was fired after the Jan. 30 incident. Tucker had been a St. Paul police officer for 23 years until retiring in 1998. He also had boxed in the Golden Gloves and ran the now-defunct B.T. Bombers gym in St. Paul.

Tucker had worked at the Vintage Place since 2012, after a criminal background check came back clear, said Troy Johnson, the group home’s executive director. Tucker had pleaded guilty to a federal drug crime in 2006 and was released from prison in 2010.

In the group home incident, the 14-year-old and others had been playing video games and had argued over playing time. Tucker reported that the 14-year-old hit another juvenile resident.

After calling police, Tucker went over to the teen and started “talking stuff,” the complaint said. The teen reported he got angry and stood in front of Tucker.

“He said that he was ‘trying to act tough’ because the kids at the home pick on him and he didn’t want to look weak,” the complaint said.

The teen said Tucker pushed him and knocked him to the ground, and then punched him repeatedly in the head and face.

Johnson said Friday that the group home has completed its own investigation and plans to make a statement Monday. The Vintage Place has been licensed through the Minnesota Department of Human Services since 2003. The children’s residential facility is licensed to serve up to six boys who are 10 to 17 years old.


Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, https://www.twincities.com

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