Father pleads guilty to rape

Tuggle reaches plea agreement, avoids death penalty


John Rollins Tuggle of Hayden has pleaded guilty to kidnapping and raping his 12-year-old daughter in Idaho.

The plea is part of an agreement Tuggle and his attorney, Erik Smith, reached with Shoshone County, Idaho, prosecutors. Tuggle, 37, pleaded guilty to one count of rape and one count of first-degree kidnapping with a deadly weapon.

In exchange for the plea, the Shoshone County Prosecutor's Office agreed to drop charges of attempted murder and lewd and lascivious conduct.

The deal allowed Tuggle to avoid the death penalty. He faces life in prison and will be formally sentenced Nov. 7.

In published reports, prosecutor Michael Peacock said the plea agreement prevents Tuggle's daughter from having to testify.

Smith declined to comment on the case when he was contacted Thursday.

Tuggle came to the Hayden area in 2004 after spending nine years in an Idaho prison after a 1995 rape conviction.

According to reports, he went to Idaho in July to visit his children after learning that his ex-wife was seeking an increase in child support.

On July 20, Tuggle and the girl left the girl's home, reportedly headed for a local mall.

Instead, Tuggle took his daughter to a remote wooded area, where investigators think he assaulted her, stabbed her in the neck and groin, bound her and left her in the woods.

The girl was later found by campers in the area and taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash., where she was treated.

The girl remained hospitalized for several weeks.

After a weeklong manhunt, Tuggle was taken into custody July 27 when a gas station clerk called police after recognizing Tuggle from a wanted poster in the convenience store.


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