Gulfport Man Sentenced To Prison For Sex Offense Against Minor

A Gulf Coast man who allegedly traveled to California to have sex with someone he thought was a 13-year-old boy was sentenced Monday to 88 months in federal prison.

Daniel Diamond Tucker, 53, of Gulfport was arrested last July 19 at a Fountain Valley, Calif., restaurant.

Authorities said Tucker began corresponding by e-mail last June with an undercover Fountain Valley police detective he thought was a teenage boy.

According to court documents, Tucker continued to send e-mails to the detective as he traveled from Mississippi to Southern California, stopping at public libraries to use their computers.

His sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge James V. Selna, who also sentenced Tucker to a lifetime of supervision.

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