Jon Tuck found not guilty in rape trial

Jon Tuck (PNC graphic by Ricky De Guzman)

After a quick trial and deliberation, Jon Tuck was found not guilty on all 5 counts.

A former UFC fighter, Tuck was tried for the alleged rape he committed against a then 21-year-old woman on March 2020.

He was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct as a second degree felony and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct as a misdemeanor

On the last day of the trial, the attorneys gave their closing arguments.

The first closing argument was by attorney Richelle Canto from the AG’s office.

Canto said that during the alleged victim’s testimony, she had stated throughout the trial that she told Tuck “no” and “stop” numerous times before and during the incident.

She mentioned that according to Guam law, “A victim need not resist the actor for a proper prosecution under the Guam Sexual Common Statutes.”

The prosecutor stated that although the law says the alleged victim didn’t need to physically resist, she tried but because of her small body frame compared to Tuck’s larger build, she was unsuccessful.

In a rebuttal by the defense, Tuck’s attorney, F. Randall Cunliffe, says that although intercourse did take place, the physical evidence does not match what the alleged victim is accusing his client of.

Cunliffe says that based on the location where the incident took place, it is “physically impossible” for his client and the alleged victim to be in the positions she claims to have happened.

He mentions the testimony of Dr. William Weare of Healing Hearts of not seeing any physical evidence of rape.

He also questioned the validity of the alleged victim’s statements as she kept asking to rephrase them and would add other details later.