Virginia man charged with stalking, soliciting 13-year-old girl

Ricki George Palacio, 65, appeared Wednesday in State District Court in Virginia before Sixth District Judge Michelle Anderson. Palacio is charged with stalking, soliciting a child through electronic communication, describing sexual conduct with a child online and distributing material that describes sexual content to a child online.

Anderson set Palacio’s bail at $75,000, in line with a request from the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office.

According to the criminal complaint filed Wednesday:

On Feb. 26, the girl received a message on Facebook from someone with the profile name “Jesse James,” later identified as Palacio, asking how old she was. The girl told Palacio she was 13 years old, which Palacio told her was “the age of maturity.” Palacio told the girl he was 17 years old.

Palacio then allegedly asked if she was a virgin and if she had experienced an orgasm, the complaint states. Palacio asked for a nude picture of the girl.

The complaint states that between March 1 and March 4, Palacio sent the girl more than 100 messages about loving her, about having sex with her and asking for nude pictures of her.

When the girl told Palacio she had investigated the profile photo he had sent her, Palacio became angry, the complaint states, and told her he would publish the online messages to show she was a child having an inappropriate conversation about sex. He then told the girl he had been pursuing her for two years and fantasizing about her. Palacio then allegedly sent the girl pictures of herself taken by a family member, which “creeped her out,” she told him.

The girl reported the messages to her mother, who called police. The girl told authorities that she was afraid to go to a sauna outside after dark…

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