Date set for jury trial in child sex case

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Norman files continuance, trial set for Oct. 26

A date has been set for the federal trial in the case of Chase Norman, 24, of Cassville, who is facing three federal charges involving illicit sexual activity with children.

Originally scheduled to begin on Monday, Norman waived his right to a speedy trial and a continuance was filed on his behalf to have the trial date set for Oct. 26. in the U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri.

Originally set for Jan. 23, Norman's jury trial was put on hold after his request to undergo a mental evaluation. He was found fit to proceed in April, and a trial date was set for Monday. However, after Attorney Ian Lewis withdrew from representing Norman and Attorney Marsha Jackson was hired, a pretrial conference set for May 19 was waived, as well as Monday's jury trial.

Court documents say the trial was moved because Jackson has four different trials set in Greene County Family Court, and one in Greene County Juvenile Court, during a two-week period in June. Each of the cases were set for trial before Jackson became Norman's counsel.

Norman was indicted on Nov. 4 on two counts of using a means of interstate commerce to entice a minor to engage in illicit sexual activity, and one count of enticement of a minor to produce child pornography.

In an affidavit filed on Oct. 10, 2014, James Smith, task force officer with Homeland Security Investigations, said Norman allegedly exchanged obscene photos and attempted to engage in sexual acts with a 12-year-old Purdy girl.

On Sept. 23, 2014, 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 sent explicit photos.

On Oct. 6, 2014, 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 about the content 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 engaged in consensual sex.

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