Additional count filed against Norlin

Friday, September 4, 2009

GREENCASTLE --The state has filed a sixth count against a Cloverdale man charged with several sex crimes.

William E. Norlin, 54, has had a charge of Class D felony sexual battery tacked on to the two counts of Class C felony child molesting, Class C felony sexual misconduct with a minor and Class D felony counts of performing sexual misconduct in the presence of a minor and child seduction that are already pending against him.

A jury trial in the case is set for Oct. 21. A plea agreement in which Norlin would have had all the other charges dismissed in exchange for a guilty plea to the sexual misconduct with a minor charge was rejected in July by Putnam County Circuit Court Judge Matthew Headley.

Norlin was arrested on Jan. 22. According to court documents, Child Protective Services reported that his alleged victim, a teenage girl, told a CPS representative that Norlin had been molesting her for several years.

Norlin could be sentenced to 33 years in prison if he is convicted on all counts. He has been out of jail since Jan. 26, when he posted a $25,000 cash bond.

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  • He should not be out on the street!!!

    -- Posted by Hawkeye on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 6:47 AM
  • 33 yrs? Throw away the key! He should have never been allowed out to begin with. SICK!

    -- Posted by Redsonia on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 8:23 AM
  • Notagain, Read the article the Judge rejected the Plea agreement which most likely means he felt it was not stiff enough for the offense as charged. Read an article, think about what it means before you react.

    -- Posted by hardtobelieve on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 12:12 PM
  • It continually amazes me that as uninformed as people are, they post with the convictions of an insider. How quick we are to judge from the safety of our own homes. May the sage and just amongst you prepare for similar scrutiny should you ever find yourself accused.

    -- Posted by lennoxfischer on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 4:37 PM
  • If this perv was going to take a plea for sexual misconduct with a minor, who knows what else he ACTUALLY did. I would never take a plea to THOSE kind of charges if I were innocent. And if the sexual misconduct w/ a minor is what he did do he deserves to spend the rest of his days behind bars. Actually, he deserves death, but that is for another day. Come on Judges, Prosecuters, let's take a stand for our children, quit letting this freaks off with a slap on the wrist. Judges, since you cannot give them death, at least give them the maximum sentence possible. Don't let the sentences run concurrently, make them run consecutively. I know the years given are a matter that is somewhat written in stone, but always give them the maximum allowed. Prosecuters, always give them the maximum allowed in a plea bargain. I wish there wasn't plea bargains, but I do understand that sometimes it is to spare the victim(s). But you can make sure they get EVERY minute they deserve behind bars. Our children deserve that and so much more!!

    -- Posted by NotSoInnocent on Sat, Sep 5, 2009, at 12:31 PM
  • Who are you sir, to say he deserves death? Who are you to judge upon facts you do not possess? Could it be that Putnam County bumpkins have the power of omnipotent judgment and knowledge, and that they assume themselves capable of extracting the nature of guilt and accusation from a man they don't even know?

    -- Posted by lennoxfischer on Sun, Sep 6, 2009, at 1:42 PM
  • lennoxfischer - I was stating my opinion on this story and what he was going to plead guilty to. I didn't assume he was guilty of anything, HE said he was guilty to sexual misconduct with a minor. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out. By all means, if you want to defend a self professed child molester then that is your right, just as it is mine to say what I said. Also, just because someone's (or a group of people's) opinion differs from yours is no reason to resort to name calling.

    -- Posted by NotSoInnocent on Sun, Sep 6, 2009, at 7:12 PM
  • With all due respect, the plea agreement is offered to the suspect by the prosecutor, not the other way around. Facing 30 years, one can hardly blame him for taking such an agreement. You seem to forget that he originally plead not guilty to all charges.

    -- Posted by lennoxfischer on Mon, Sep 7, 2009, at 9:07 PM
  • No, I didn't forget he originally plead not guilty. It wasn't relevant to anything I was saying. Everyone pleads not guilty at their original court hearing. I also know (as I stated in my original comment)the prosecutor is the one who offers the plea agreement. Again, not relevant to what I was saying. Thanks!

    -- Posted by NotSoInnocent on Mon, Sep 7, 2009, at 9:44 PM
  • lennoxfischer.

    Why would you protray your guilty by taking a plea agreement if you are not. not sure but by your comments you myst know this person. But you never said he wasn't guilty. if you don't want to read other opinions ,what makes you think they want to read yours. this is a comment section and everyone and anyone can address them.

    If quilty it is cheaper for a rope then 30 years in prison. 54+30=84 years old, then we still take care of him. The victims get a LIFE sentence

    Thank you

    -- Posted by Sand mann on Thu, Sep 10, 2009, at 8:19 AM
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