Gulfport man found guilty of sexual battery of a child

Gulfport, Miss – District Attorney Crosby Parker announced today that 33-year-old Clyde Fitzgerald Blocton was convicted by a jury of sexual battery of a child after a two-day trial at the Harrison County Courthouse.

Circuit Court Judge Christopher Schmidt presided over the trial. The jury deliberated approximately four hours before reaching a verdict.

The case stemmed from a complaint made in June of 2018 when Blocton resided with the child, the child’s mother and two other children in Gulfport.

According to the child, Blocton assaulted her when he came home from work at night. The child was five years old when the assaults occurred.

“He would wake me up and bring me to the living room,” the child, now 8, told the jury. The child’s foster mother testified that the child broke down crying and told her about the assaults a few days after being placed in her custody.

Gulfport Police Department immediately set up a forensic interview with the Child Advocacy Center in Gulfport. The child’s forensic interview was played for the jury.

While the defense claimed that the child had trouble focusing during the interview, the forensic interviewer testified that the child’s responses were those that could be expected of a child her age. T

he defense contended that the child was upset about not being allowed to stay up late watching movies. “The child’s testimony was always consistent about what the defendant did to her. She was consistent with her foster mother, with law enforcement, and the forensic interviewer,” state ADA Patti Simpson, who tried the case with ADA Jasmine Magee.

Judge Christopher Schmidt scheduled the sentencing of the defendant for January 28, 2021.

The defendant is facing a sentence of twenty (20) years up to one day less than life. “As District Attorney, our office will continue to aggressively prosecute those who commit crimes against children. I want to commend the victim for her courage in initially disclosing what was happening and then again for being able to testify this week. In addition, this case once again highlights the importance of having a strong Child Advocacy Center and trained forensic interviewers here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Their training and professionalism gave a child the avenue to be heard that directly led to a child predator being caught and held accountable for his crimes,” said DA Crosby Parker.

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