Norman charged in sex case

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cassville man has history with minors

A Cassville man was officially charged on Oct. 15 after being arrested on Oct. 10 for allegedly attempting to engage in sexual acts with a 12-year-old girl.

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Chase Trevor Norman, 23, of Cassville, was charged with with sexual exploitation of a child under Title 18 of the U.S. Code, which carries 15-30 years in prison if he is convicted. He is being held by federal authorities with no bond.

According to an affidavit filed by James Smith, task force officer with Homeland Security Investigations, Norman allegedly exchanged obscene photos and attempted to engage in sexual acts with a 12-year-old Purdy girl.

On Sept. 23, the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force assisted Purdy Police in an investigation involving Norman, who was suspected of sending and receiving obscene photos of the girl using an iPod app called KIK.

Purdy Police Chief Jackie Lowe obtained consent from the girl's mother to search an iPod belonging to the girl. On Sept. 24, a forensic examination revealed numerous chat communications, most of which were in the KIK app. The conversations allegedly included numerous references made by Norman as to sexual acts he would like to perform, as well as requests for explicit photos of the girl.

The chat also indicated a knowledge of the age difference between the two, as the girl asked, "Is it ok with u that I'm 10 years younger than u?" Norman allegedly responded, "Yes it is."

On Oct. 6, the child was interviewed at the Child Advocacy Center in Monett, indicating she "friends everybody" and had sent Norman a friend request on Facebook after information popped up asking if she knew him. She said she figured he was friends with one of her friends.

Norman allegedly accepted the request and contacted the girl via the application SnapChat, as her username was on her profile.

She indicated the two then talked about three times per day through KIK, and he began to ask for pictures of her private areas, and send her pictures of his, about a week after the two began talking.

On Oct. 6, police obtained permission from the girl's mother to take over the KIK and Facebook accounts of the child, initiating undercover contact with Norman.

On Oct. 8, Norman indicated he would return to the area on Oct. 9 or 10, and plans were allegedly made for him to pick up the girl at the Purdy Library in the morning. Authorities believe he intended to take her to his apartment in Cassville to engage in sexual activities.

At about 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 10, Norman was observed driving by Purdy City Hall, and he was stopped in front of the building as he circled the block near the meeting location.

Norman was then arrested and allegedly admitted to having KIK conversations with a girl who said she was 13. He said he originally met the girl on the website, MeetMe.com, and she originally said she was 18 years old, later telling him she was 13. When confronted with about the context of the chats and scheduled meeting with the child, Norman allegedly admitted he had planned to pick her up and take her to his Cassville, where he allegedly said he would have most likely engaged in sexual acts with her if she was willing to do so.

Norman also allegedly revealed the girl was not the first he had met online and arranged to meet in person. He said in the summer of 2013, he met a 14-year-old girl from Monett and had consensual sex with her.

Norman was also on probation for an incident in Dunklin County, where he met a 17-year-old girl on the internet, picked her up in his truck and was involved in a domestic assault with her, for which he was arrested.

According to the affidavit, court records show he was arrested on July 13, and the case was reduced to third-degree assault on Sept. 19. Norman pleased guilty and was sentenced to two years unsupervised probation. Norman was also arrested on Aug. 23, 2011, in Cassville for stealing, for which he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one year of probation.

Norman, who is being represented by Attorney Ian A. Lewis, appeared for preliminary and detention hearings on Monday in the Magistrate Courtroom in Springfield, with Magistrate Judge David P. Rush presiding. Another court date had not been set as of Tuesday afternoon.

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