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Greencastle man charged with child molestation

Friday, January 23, 2009

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A Greencastle man was formally charged Thursday in Putnam County Circuit Court with felony child molesting.

William E. Norlin, 53, was charged with two counts of Class C felony child molesting, Class C felony sexual misconduct with a minor, Class D felony child seduction and Class D felony performing sexual misconduct in the presence of a minor.

Judge Matthew Headley set Norlin's bond at $25,000 cash or surety. He set Norlin's first pretrial conference for March 12. Norlin said he would hire his own counsel.

According to court documents, Norlin's alleged victim reported the molestation to a Child Protective Services representative on Jan. 20. The victim told police the molestation had begun when the victim was 11 years old.

The victim said Norlin had "brainwashed" her, and that he disguised inappropriate sexual behavior as "educational talks." The victim said Norlin touched her breasts "more times than she could count," court documents said. The victim also said Norlin had laid on top of her while they were both naked, and that Norlin had talked about and demonstrated different sexual positions.

The victim said Norlin would show her pornographic material and masturbate in her presence, but that no sexual intercourse ever occurred.

In an interview, Norlin told police he had written a book as a warning to the victim, had multiple talks with her and had warned her that "all men are predators," court documents said.

Norlin denied ever showing the victim sexual positions, and said that if had had ever touched her breasts it had been "by accident."

Norlin said in court that he understood the allegations against him, but he entered not guilty pleas to all charges and said he wanted "to get all this cleared up."

If convicted on all charges, Norlin could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison.


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"could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison. "

But he won't be.

-- Posted by putnammom on Fri, Jan 23, 2009, at 9:32 AM

God bless brave little children!

-- Posted by et on Fri, Jan 23, 2009, at 9:42 AM

Well the last child molester in Putnam County that I know of was released on probation from the court.He violated his probation and now he cannot be found.He was arrested but what happened to him from there is a mystery.Lowe was judge in that case.But Headly was also involved.The ball is in his court.Lets see what he does.

-- Posted by stevied4u13 on Fri, Jan 23, 2009, at 9:46 AM

This man is no better than anyone else who has molested their child, and should be punished justly so. This is so sad just think how this child must feel, and what she is going through.

-- Posted by whatno_guessing on Fri, Jan 23, 2009, at 9:47 AM

You would be amazed at how many child molesters are walking among us, sitting next to us at church and school functions, they are everywhere. How do I know, because in the 70's, when I was growing up, many of my friends were obviously being molested by weird friends of their family and relatives of theirs. No one told back then and no one wants to open that door now. TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN. Ask the questions, tell them what to do.

-- Posted by 06purple18 on Fri, Jan 23, 2009, at 12:40 PM

I agree with "et" that the children who reported this were very brave indeed. There are many students walking around in our schools who may be experiencing sexual abuse on some level. However, thanks to the "so-called" journalism of the Banner Graphic, many children will now be afraid to report the abuse because their story and all the details will be laid out for the whole community to read. I am deeply saddened at the source who gave this private information to the newspaper because they thought the information was valuable enough for our community to read with their tongues wagging. Did we gain anything from it? This is not a large city in which stories of child molesters and their victims are anonymous. Our community is small, and we know the perpetrators, the victims, the spouses. We see them every day. We know the children and know they are good kids. How is reporting the horrific details of this story going to help the victim of this alleged crime? I feel very sorry for this family....Will they even stay in our community? What a loss for us. If this man is guilty, then I hope he gets the maximum for his crime. It's awful....Once again Banner Graphic, I am dissapointed at your choice of information to report upon. I guess that's one of the reasons I no longer subscribe to your paper.

-- Posted by childadvocate on Fri, Jan 23, 2009, at 4:28 PM

So was the Banner trying to make a juicy story out of someone's sexual abuse? Hey Barrand, maybe you should get a conscience. Is it really necessary to go into these details. We live in a town of 10,000 people and it's totally unnecessary to report on something like this because people around here can't shut their mouths.

I'd love to see how writing this garbage is part of your journalistic duty. Hopefully my comment doesn't get deleted for adding a bit of reason to this gossip column.

-- Posted by OhHerro on Fri, Jan 23, 2009, at 10:39 PM

OhHerro and childadvocate - I completely agree. The Banner/Jamie Barrand was so out of line to print the details of this nightmare situation. I feel so badly for the victim involved in this case. I can't imagine the effects that this article will have on the poor girl involved. What an embarrassment for our paper to be so gossipy.

-- Posted by bannerreader on Sat, Jan 24, 2009, at 5:46 AM

Why the details? This is very poor editorial judgement. The report of the crime would be enough but the details? Your need to feed a voyueristic society is sad. A young person has now been victimized a 2nd time.

-- Posted by vivera on Sat, Jan 24, 2009, at 7:09 AM

"Vivera" asks, "Why the details?" Because the Banner Graphic is no longer a hometown newspaper with a moral conscious. The paper is dying a slow death that started with "Speak Out" and the end of the Eric Bernsee era. The child victim described in this story has been victimized a second time by this newspaper and the people who read it. I'm ashamed of myself for even checking the on line edition. Shame on you Banner Graphic and good riddance. It is time for this community to stand up and say NO to the type of journalism used here to sell advertising.

-- Posted by sneakers on Sat, Jan 24, 2009, at 7:28 AM

I agree- we need our respectful hometown newspaper back- not a version of "The Enquirer".Inquiring minds do not need to know anything more than who it is so they can be aware for their own families and ask their kids questions if this man was ever their coach- I will be asking mine! The Banner needs to realize we are Greencastle- a respectful small town and that is the way we want to stay- this is why i do not pay for the paper any longer!

-- Posted by talkymom3 on Sat, Jan 24, 2009, at 8:22 AM

I know I'm going to get flamed for this, but ...

There is absolutely nothing in this story that identifies the victim. I've worked in courts, and I'm here to tell you that there is plenty in the file on this case ... which is public record, by the way ... that didn't get into the story. You all talk about details, and there really aren't any. They are vague at best; the author chose not to put in a lot that was there, I'm sure. One of the comments, in fact, says there are no details ... which was probably done to protect the identity of the victim.

I'm sorry, but if this man was around my children in any way, I want to know about it. I want to know what he did, and I want to know that if someone else does what he may or may not have done (he hasn't been convicted yet, after all) they will pay for it.

The new isn't always good. Get over it.

-- Posted by feelingroovy1103 on Sat, Jan 24, 2009, at 9:28 AM

All the people who wrote most of the above letters--you must be very old--even older than I (63)-back when all this was under the rug and if you dared speak out about your uncle or etc--you were told to be still. This man has the right to a trial. But let me tell you I was molested when I was 5 years old-did he rape me-no but he felt me every way he could and made me feel him--you might think--is that all--I remember it very well--it bothered me and really still does. The only good that came from it--I watched my kids really close -and I think they got by untouched. I told them all about touching and come and to get Momma.The child's name was not printed and never should be---as for me if he is guilty--I hope he gets life-------------------Mommalou

-- Posted by mommalou on Sat, Jan 24, 2009, at 11:09 AM

Well at least it wasn't Lowe that it was reported to.I went to him asking for a protective order for my 14 year old daughter,he denied it,because there wasn't enough evidence she had been harmed or molested.I wanted to stop it before it went that far,but seems you can't.Sadly,it went that far,Putnam County did nothing to help me. Clay County finally did

-- Posted by redrose2 on Sat, Jan 24, 2009, at 3:55 PM

I'm affraid I know this man and his family and I've always felt a strange sense around them and the victim... Of which I'm 95% sure I know. It's rly to bad very intelligent student and very nice respectable family. However being around the victim herself this isn't far fetched. Very sad story.

As for reporting to many details...

It's not just a greencastle paper people are nosie and although it's not a good trait I believe I remember plenty of complaints in the past of how poor the banner kept us updated... Can't you just be happy... If not maybe you should apply for the job!

-- Posted by aebannon on Sun, Jan 25, 2009, at 5:34 PM

Jamie,

I saw your apology but you still don't get it. I am stunned you could not figure out how to write the article without going thru the details of the activity. The crime speaks for itself.

Everyone would agree the criminal should be named and the crimes committed but the actual details of some of the things he did?

You mention we need to know the crime and the criminal. Agreed. Just so you are aware, the victim has the same question and is devestated by some of the details being published.

You missed the point if you think the issue is an identity problem. The perpetrator needs to be known. That alone is what we need.

In your apology, you mention this isn't the last time that you will hurt someone. In your business, I agree. Amazingly, you don't see the need to say this situation will not make you look closer as to what facts are "need to know" for the public and those that are not.

Based on past articles, I am confident you support our currnet President. Last week, in so many words, he asked us to become greater people. I hope you strive for that in all you do.

-- Posted by vivera on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 5:34 AM

Jamie,

I have edited the article for you. As you can see, we have achieved your goal of informing the public, the public's need to know, and didn't print the details of what took place between the two. I am surprised you can't see this.

A Greencastle man was formally charged Thursday in Putnam County Circuit Court with felony child molesting.

William E. Norlin, 53, was charged with two counts of Class C felony child molesting, Class C felony sexual misconduct with a minor, Class D felony child seduction and Class D felony performing sexual misconduct in the presence of a minor.

Judge Matthew Headley set Norlin's bond at $25,000 cash or surety. He set Norlin's first pretrial conference for March 12. Norlin said he would hire his own counsel.

According to court documents, Norlin's alleged victim reported the molestation to a Child Protective Services representative on Jan. 20. The victim told police the molestation had begun when the victim was 11 years old.

Norlin said in court that he understood the allegations against him, but he entered not guilty pleas to all charges and said he wanted "to get all this cleared up."

If convicted on all charges, Norlin could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison.

-- Posted by vivera on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 5:39 AM

Maybe some of you who are so concerned about the details in this article,should read the Scanner...I do believe the scanner has far more damaging details to the victim and the family than this article does...Sad Sad Sad!!!

-- Posted by thistownsucks on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 8:55 AM

To childadvocate you say you don't subscribe to the banner graphic however you have no problem checking the stories on line and commenting on them. The only difference is if you did subscribe you couldn't comment for everyone to see your opinion. I personally don't see how this article is damaging to the victim. I want to know about criminal activity of this magnitude in my community. The details only tell of the crimes he is accused of committing which are public record anyway, AS THEY SHOULD BE!

Vivera- if you think you can report better maybe you should become a journalist, of course then you might find it's not as easy as you thought to report the news without placing your opinions first.

Reporting details on this crime is no different than reporting details in any other crime, the only one it is embarrasing for is the accused. The victim here has no reason to be ashamed, she did nothing wrong and Kudos to her for reporting it in the first place! What a brave girl!

-- Posted by L & L inc. on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 1:26 PM

The details given in this article were UNnessary! These are kids in our community that we all know. How do you sleep at night.

-- Posted by diversityforall on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 7:54 PM

I agree that the details were a bit much. HOWEVER, had the Banner NOT provided the details, then someone would have complained about that. People never focus on the story and the real crime here, but they will always find something to complain about.

-- Posted by MsBehaving on Tue, Jan 27, 2009, at 10:49 AM

this dude is a creep. he deserves every bit of the 30 year sentence he can be served. If there is anyone I hate more it is people who harm kids. This man deserves to rot in prison as far as I am concerned.

As for the article...great article, it shows the public the true crime this man has committed. I wish everyone who posts on this site would get a life.

-- Posted by climberguy on Tue, Jan 27, 2009, at 5:12 PM

30 years is like a slap on the hand. He deserves to be in there for life. I feel sorry for the little girl, she has a life time of thereapy in front of her. This SICK MAN needs his BUTT whipped daily. I hope the little girl gets the help and thereapy she will need to have as much as a normal life as possible. I understand completely, My family has had similar situations in Greencastle. Almost a year later still dealing with it all. She was very brave to come forward and I give her credit for doing so. It is hard enough to be a child in todays world, but when you have an adult teaching you these awful things, it's even harder to understand when it all comes out. As an Adult myself I don't understand..It's SICK and NASTY. There has to be a way to stop these people.......

-- Posted by sadandmad on Wed, Jan 28, 2009, at 9:31 AM

Maybe some of you writing about Jamie should lay off her she was only writing about what had happened in the softest way she could, and still tell the story, some of you would be critizing her if she hadn't given any details, saying she was soft on the offender. This never should have happened, but it did, and now it is up to the courts to make it right. Yes the girl will need counseling, which will help her overcome this tragic happening in her life. There are probably a lot here in Greencastle never reported, and they should be.

-- Posted by whatno_guessing on Sat, Jan 31, 2009, at 6:09 PM

all of u need to go back and remember a little boy by the name of zachary snider, the newspaper needs to report on these crimes because if they dont then something like that will happen again. these children need to talk to there parents and if they cant then they need to beabable to go somewhere. reporting it in the paper is a good thing bc it makes parents aware and ask questions which u should be doing anyway. yeah this town is small and yall just like to have something to complain about if there werent any details yall would be complaining so just make up ur minds already. banner graphic is just doing what you want it to. reporting. if you dont like it then dont read it. QUIT BEEING SO NOSEY AND HIPOCRITICAL

-- Posted by sweetbaby on Sun, Feb 1, 2009, at 11:25 AM

Yes, NEVER FORGET Zachary or Zacharies law which became of it. Lay off Jamie shes doing fine.

I have a very strong feeling that when this guy gets to jail or prison justice will be served.

Probably from some big guy named Bubba.

Who will no doubt call this guy Shelly.

I personally think all child molesters should die!

Lancaster

-- Posted by Jeff Lancaster on Mon, Feb 2, 2009, at 3:25 PM

I was a victim of child molestation until I was 13 yrs old. I KNOW how hard it is to walk around school when everyone knows what happened to you. If they had known the details of what had happened to me, I would have been horrified. Kids don't respond the way adults do. Other kids whisper and point and the vicitim does NOT think they are brave. That takes time and counseling to realize. These horrible people that molest children have such a "mental hold" on their victim. I do think there were too many details in the article. There should be more care taken when the story involves a child. But maybe by printing the details of this story for us all to see, will push Putnam County (Judge Headley) to actually give someone a sentence they deserve for once. There have been some pretty ridiculous sentences given out lately. I agree with the others..I find it a little hipocritical that some of you spout off about the Banner being a horrible paper and that is why you don't subscribe, but you have no problem going online for FREE and reading the same articles and commenting on them. I also agree with Lancaster. No such thing as a rehabilitated child molester. They only sit dormant long enough for people to forget about them and then do it again. If they are going to let them out, instead of putting them on a stupid sherrif's list, that no one reads, take a branding iron and brand "molester" right on their forehead..be hard to miss that!

-- Posted by putnammom on Tue, Feb 3, 2009, at 7:26 AM

At best, knowing how this county runs, he'll get like a year or two, and never leave Putnam County Jail.

-- Posted by Mercidos on Wed, Feb 4, 2009, at 12:42 PM

Here's what I don't understand. A young girl was horrifically abused, and what do people put more time, energy, and venom towards? Complaining about how much detail the reporter went into in writing the story. It's as if they're more horrified that a journalist did her job and reported the facts of the story than the actual acts that were reported. The victim is a very close friend of mine and, quite frankly, she's completely appalled by this.

For shame.

-- Posted by nod on Sat, Feb 7, 2009, at 4:18 AM


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