Geraldine man gets 23 life sentences for child sex crimes and drug trafficking

GERALDINE, Ala. (WHNT) – A DeKalb County man was sentenced to not one, not even two, but 23 life sentences on the nearly 30 charges he was facing.

Rex Duard Tidmore, 64, of Geraldine, pleaded guilty to 22 child sex crimes and four drug-related charges on March 7.

Assistant District Attorney Summer Summerford said at the April 21 sentencing hearing that it is up to the state and the defense to present evidence and arguments in support of the length of the sentence. proposed penalty.

Summerford implored the Court to sentence Tidmore to the maximum sentence allowed for each of his 26 offences.

Circuit Judge Shaunathan Bell sentenced Tidmore to the following:

  • Conspiracy to commit human trafficking: life imprisonment
  • First-degree sodomy: life in prison without the possibility of parole
  • Possession of obscene material involving a minor (20 counts): life imprisonment for each count
  • Manufacture of a controlled substance: 20 years
  • Cannabis trafficking: life in prison without the possibility of parole
  • Illegal possession of a controlled substance: 5 years
  • Illegal possession of drug paraphernalia: 1 year

Following Tidmore’s sentencing, District Attorney Mike O’Dell said the charges stemmed from 2017 when a confidential informant showed up at the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and said he believed that Tidmore planned to buy or kidnap a young girl to keep her locked up in his home for sexual purposes. .

During the investigation, it was revealed that Tidmore had sexually abused a girl under the age of 12.

Authorities also found a large amount of marijuana in Tidmore’s basement, along with obscene images of an “underage child engaging in sexual behavior.”

The judge ruled that the sentences should be served consecutively rather than concurrently, meaning that even without the two life sentences without parole, Tidmore still faces about 446 years in the state penitentiary.


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