Maine State Prison inmate dies at Portland hospital

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 28, 2012, at 8:49 p.m.

WARREN, Maine — A 66-year-old former Northport man serving time at the Maine State Prison for 2008 gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact convictions died Friday at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Raymond Tucker, who was an inmate at the prison in Warren, died about 5:45 p.m., a Maine Department of Corrections spokeswoman said Friday night in a news release.

In accordance with department policy and Attorney General’s Office protocols, the Maine State Police and the state medical examiner were notified and both are reviewing the death, said Associate Corrections Commissioner Jody Breton.

The news release did not indicate the cause of Tucker’s death.

At the time of his death, Tucker had served roughly 3½ years of an 18-year sentence — with all but eight years suspended — for gross sexual assault and a concurrent five-year sentence for unlawful sexual contact, Breton said.

According to a news story from the Bangor Daily News archives, Tucker, Northport’s longtime animal control officer, was convicted by a jury in Waldo County Superior Court of sexually assaulting a young girl.

The assaults took place in Northport in 2004 and 2005, when the victim was 8 and 9 years old.

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