Sex offender jailed in Palm Valley molestation case

Robert Oliver Parmer

A registered sex offender is behind bars after he allegedly molested a boy in a town just outside Harlingen.

Palm Valley police arrested 34-year-old Robert Oliver Parmer under an indecency with a child by contact charge on Thursday.

Investigators said the boy made an outcry about two weeks ago.

Chief Alvaro Garcia told Action 4 News that officers were able to secure an arrest warrant based on a forensic interview with the boy.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety Sex Offender Database, Parmer served two years of prison back in 1999 for the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl.

State records show that Parmer is unemployed and was last listed as living on the 1700 block of Bobby Jones Drive in Palm Valley.

Parmer was listed in the sex offender database as a moderate risk level.

Chief Garcia told Action 4 News that Parmer moved to Palm Valley back in April and complied with state law by updating his address with the sex offender registry.

Garcia said investigators believe the Palm Valley case is an isolated incident.

Parmer appeared before Cameron County Justice of the Peace Sallie Gonzales on Thursday where he received a $50,000 dollar bond.

The 34-year-old man remains in custody at the Cameron County Jail.

If convicted in the Palm Valley case, Parmer could face two to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of $10,000 dollars.