“You are nothing short of…
… a sexual predator with a badge.”
-Judge Abbey Silver
John Norman, who resigned from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department after being charges were made by two women that they were forced to expose themselves to the officer during traffic stops, was sentenced to two years.
Originally facing multiple charges, including 8 felonies, the two-year sentence was the most Judge Abbey Silver could impose after Norman pleaded guilty to 2 gross misdemeanors as part of plea agreement with prosecutors. At the request of this two victims Silver also order Norman must register as a sex offender.
After affirming his guilty pleas to the crimes of oppression under the color of office and open or gross lewdness, Norman told the court was never his intent to make the victims feel threatened. However he went on to refer to himself as the true victim.
“The media has painted me as a monster out there lurking in the dark and violating women’s rights and other people’s rights,” Norman told the court, completely unaware of the damage he had done to his victims.
“He ridiculed me. He humiliated me. He abused his authority. He knew what he was doing,” one victim tearfully testified. Both women told the court their experiences have given them a fear uniformed police officers.
Norman was represented by former Clark County District Attorney David Roger, who resigned last year to work for the Las Vegas Police Protective Association. The charges against Norman were filed less than one month after Roger left office last year.
These charges stemmed from allegations by two woman who claim Norman forced them, on separate occasions, to expose their breasts. One of the women also alleges he groped her breasts as well. After Norman’s arrest was made public, two other women came forward accusing Norman of misconduct during similar traffic stops.
Assistant Sheriff Ray Flynn says the new allegations didn’t meet the standard to warrant criminal charges, but were investigated by detectives to determine if Norman had broken internal regulations along the lines of conduct unbecoming of an officer. Before that investigation was concluded, Norman resigned.
In 2011 Norman was paid $104,419.15 in total pay and benefits.