QUEENSBURY — A registered sex offender who was indicted last year for sexually abusing three young boys was sentenced to 19 years in state prison Friday after a judge heard how he admitted he was a sexual predator who couldn’t refrain from child sexual abuse without help.
Daryl A. Tucker, 38, of Warrensburg, pleaded guilty in April to two felony charges for abuse of two of the boys in recent years, one of whom was repeatedly abused over a five-year period. He pleaded guilty to counts of criminal sexual act and course of sexual conduct against a child, the second time he had pleaded guilty to molesting multiple children.
He agreed to a plea deal that included a prison sentence of between 18 and 20 years, to be followed by 10 years on parole.
After hearing a request by Warren County Assistant District Attorney Emilee Davenport for 20 years, while defense lawyer Robert E. Kelly asked for 18, Warren County Judge John Hall split the difference Friday and ordered a 19-year term.
In all, authorities have identified at least nine child victims of Tucker’s over the years.
Tucker offered a brief apology Friday when asked by Hall whether he had anything to say.
Kelly read a statement written by his client, in which he said he wished he could “fix” what happened and that the boys “find a way to get through this.”
“I hope they get help so they don’t end up like me,” Kelly read.
Tucker was acquainted with the children, and county Crime Victims Specialist Manon Affinito read a statement from the mother of one of them in which she called him “evil.”
“He stole (the victim’s) innocence and as much as I want to heal him, I can’t give him that back,” the mother wrote. “He hurt our entire family.”
Davenport told Hall that Tucker is a “self-admitted predator” who repeatedly abused multiple children.
“These weren’t one-time things, these were happening over a period of years,” Davenport said.
Tucker was a Level 3 sex offender at the time of his arrest last spring by State Police. He was a registered sex offender at that point, after he pleaded guilty in 1999 to felony charges related to allegations he abused four boys between the ages of 5 and 11. He served nearly 8 years in prison in that case.
With convictions for cases that involved sexual abuse of seven children, Tucker will likely face civil confinement proceedings when he becomes eligible for release. That could lead to him being held in a special facility for high-risk sex offenders after his prison term is over.
He will not be eligible for parole until he serves nearly 17 years of the prison term.