Cassville man indicted by grand jury

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Norman faces 3 charges in child sex case

A Cassville man arrested on Oct. 10 was indicted on three counts by a federal grand jury in Springfield Tuesday.

The indictment, which replaces a federal criminal complaint filed Oct. 15, alleges Chase Trevor Norman, 24, of Cassville, used a minor to produce child pornography between Sept. 21 and Oct. 10. The indictment also charges Norman with two counts of using the Internet and a cell phone to induce a minor to engage in illicit sexual activity.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Carney is the prosecutor in the case, and the Immigration and Custom Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations handled the investigation.

Norman, who is being represented by Attorney Ian A. Lewis, is set for arraignment for the indictment on Nov. 18 at 9:30 a.m. in the Magistrate Courtroom in Springfield, with Magistrate Judge David P. Rush presiding. He is being held without bail.

In the affidavit filed with the criminal complaint on Oct. 10, James Smith, task force officer with the HSI, said 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, which allegedly revealed numerous chat communications, where Norman referenced sexual acts and asked for explicit photos of the girl.

Norman also allegedly added the girl as a friend on Facebook and contacted her via SnapChat.

The child indicated the two talked about three times per day through KIK, where Norman requested and send explicit photos.

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.

He was arrested in a sting operation in Purdy, and he 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 apartment to engage in consensual sexual acts.

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.

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