Gulfport man to serve 25 years for sexual battery of a child
A Gulfport man will serve 25 years day-for-day without possibility of early release or parole after he was convicted of sexual battery on a 5-year-old child.
Circuit Judge Christopher Schmidt sentenced Clyde Fitzgerald Blocton, 35, on Friday. He was convicted last week after a 2-day trial. He will be required to register as a sex offender when he is released from prison.
“There are two categories of people in society deserving of more protection than others, the elderly and children, Schmidt said at the sentencing. Although the court acknowledged that Blocton had no previous criminal history, Schmidt suggested that there was “some truth to the saying that victims are victimized twice — during the act and then testifying about it.”
District Attorney W. Crosby Parker went on to say that “There is no excuse for these predatory crimes against children in our community. I am thankful that we were able to end the criminal prosecution for the victim; however, we acknowledge that damage at the hands of the perpetrator cannot be undone. Hopefully, the conviction and prison sentence will assist the victim in the healing process.”