GREENCASTLE -- Putnam County Circuit Court Judge Matthew Headley has rejected a second plea agreement proposed in the case of a Cloverdale man charged with six sex crimes.
After rejecting the agreement for William E. Norlin, 54, Headley recused himself from the case and appointed Putnam County Superior Court Judge Denny Bridges as special judge. Norlin's trial is set to begin on Feb. 10.
Norlin faces two counts of Class C felony child molesting, one count of Class C felony sexual misconduct with a minor and Class D felonies performing sexual misconduct in the presence of a minor, child seduction and sexual battery. Norlin pled guilty to the sexual battery charge on Oct. 5, and his sentencing was set for Oct. 22. Headley rejected the plea agreement, which would have dismissed all the other charges against Norlin, and recused himself from the case earlier this week.
A previous plea agreement was presented to Headley in July. Under the terms of that agreement, Norlin would have pled guilty to the Class D sexual misconduct with a minor charge in exchange for the dismissal of all other charges. Headley rejected that plea agreement on July 16.
Norlin was arrested Jan. 22 at the conclusion of a joint investigation by the Putnam County Sheriff's Department and Putnam County Child Protective Services. Court documents alleged Norlin molested a teenage girl multiple times over the course of several years.
Norlin posted a $25,000 bond and was released from jail on Jan. 26.
If convicted on all charges, Norlin could be sentenced to up to 33 years in prison.