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Northeast Minnesota man charged with stalking, soliciting 13-year-old girl

Ricki George Palacio

VIRGINIA, Minn. — A Virginia man made his first court appearance Wednesday, March 13, on charges that he stalked and solicited a 13-year-old girl for sex online.

Ricki George Palacio, 65, 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.

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

Police executed a search warrant at Palacio’s home and found numerous photos of the girl. When interviewed by police, Palacio admitted that he sent the girl graphic photos and messages he shouldn’t have. He also told investigators that he has had contact with other minors on Facebook.

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