80-year-old Texas man pleads guilty to two counts of touching a child for lustful purposes

Julius Robert Palafox

Gulfport, Miss. – District Attorney, W. Crosby Parker announced today that Julius Robert Palafox, eighty years old, of San Antonio Texas, plead guilty on October 31, 2022, to two counts of Touching of a Child for Lustful Purposes, and was sentenced yesterday to 15 years in prison by Circuit Court Judge Lawrence P. Bourgeois.

The case began when Navy Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) began investigating the matter in December 2020, when two minor children reported that Palafox, a family member, had been inappropriately touching them for several years at Naval Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport.

Forensic Interviews were conducted on the two children, who both disclosed numerous incidents of unlawful touching occurring over a period of years. The victims further disclosed that the incidents last occurred while Palafox was visiting the family home over the Thanksgiving Holiday and following week.

During the investigation, Palafox made several incriminating statements in those recordings. “The recorded statements were key evidence in the case, and ultimately led to the guilty plea here today,” stated Assistant District Attorney Ian Baker, who prosecuted the case.

After accepting Palafox’s guilty plea to one count of Touching of a Child for Lustful Purposes for each of the two victims, Judge Bourgeois handed down the maximum sentence of 15 years to serve in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections in each count, to run concurrently.

Sex crimes in Mississippi are served day-for-day without the possibility of early release or parole.

District Attorney Crosby Parker stated that “the conviction and sentence in this case are a direct result of two children who bravely came forward to bring their abuse to light, and the hard work of the men and women of NCIS who investigated the case in a thorough and professional manner.” Palafox will be 95 years old before he is eligible for release from prison.

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