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Police Investigate Statutory Rape of a Child

The Gaston County Police have charged:

Jose Carlos PalaciosJose Carlos Palacios
W/M
DOB: 09/07/1991
400 block of Donna Avenue
Gastonia, NC

With 7 counts of statutory rape of a child under 15.  The investigation stems from information received from the victim’s family.  The incidents occurred over a 4 month period.  Due to the victim’s age and nature of the crimes, no victim information will be provided. 

The Gaston County Police Community Policing Division discovered a marijuana grow operation at Palacios’s residence when officers went to arrest him. 

Palacios is currently in the Gaston County Jail under a $205,000 secured bond.

This is an on-going investigation.  Due to that, there is no further information to be released at this time.

If you have information pertinent to this investigation, please contact Det. M. Rheinson at 704-866-3320 or Crimestoppers at 704-861-8000.