Norlin enters change of plea
GREENCASTLE -- A man accused of committing sex crimes against a child entered a change of plea in Putnam County Circuit Court on Wednesday.
Under the terms of a plea agreement William E. Norlin, 55, of Cloverdale pled guilty to one count of Class D felony sexual misconduct with a minor. He was charged in January 2009 with 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 conduct in the presence of a child, child seduction and sexual battery.
Putnam County Circuit Court Judge Matthew Headley recused himself from Norlin's case on Oct. 26, 2009 after rejecting two proposed plea agreements. Headley was replaced on the case by Parke County Circuit Court Judge Sam A. Swaim.
The first agreement, rejected July 16, called for Norlin to plead guilty to the Class D sexual misconduct charge in exchange for the dismissal of all other charges. The second agreement, rejected Oct. 22, would have dismissed all other charges in exchange for Norlin's guilty plea to the sexual battery charge.
Swaim asked Norlin if he understood the rights he was giving up by entering a guilty plea, explaining that he would be sentenced without the benefit of a trial.
Norlin said he understood and wished to proceed.
Norlin admitted to touching and fondling the victim in the case. Putnam County Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter asked no questions.
Swaim entered a judgment of conviction on one count of Class D felony sexual misconduct with a minor, and set Norlin's sentencing for April 1.
A Class D felony is punishable by 6 months to three years in prison.
Norlin was set to go to trial on Feb. 10, but a motion for him to enter a change of plea was granted on Dec. 16.
Norlin was arrested on Jan. 22, 2009. He posted a $25,000 cash bond and was released from jail four days later.