Tunny, 48, of Batesville, pled guilty to Child Molesting, a
Class A Felony and the court accepted the plea on November 17,
according to information from the Ripley County Prosecutors
The plea agreement means Tunny was sentenced to 30 years in
prison with 10 years suspended to probation. During the probation
period, Tunny will not be able to commit a criminal act or violate
any traffic law. He will also be paying initial probation users
fees and receive treatment as directed by probation.
After serving the 20 year prison term, Tunny will have to comply
with the terms and conditions for sex offenders and have no
contact with the victims or family unless approved by the court.
He will also have to pay for any counseling the victims need.
After speaking to the family, including the victims, this
resolution seemed appropriate, Prosecuting Attorney Ric
Hertel noted. He went on the say, given the relationship
between the defendant and his victims, it would have been monumentally
difficult for them to testify against him. They were relieved
that they would not be subjected to a trial that would have
included cross examination by Tunnys attorney and giving
the details of this horrible crime to a jury.
Hertel noted that the agreement reduces the grounds for any
appeal significantly. He said the hope is now that the victims
can move forward without the threat of being victimized by an
authority figure and someone that they trusted. The child
victims are young and are very resilient but how they are affected
later in life by the defendants actions remains to be
seen, Hertel concluded.