Robert Norton, age 52 of Sage was charged once more on December 10 for sexual assault in the second degree. The victim, a sixth grader of ICC School in Violet Hill alleges that Norton, her teacher inappropriately touched her about two years ago when she was a student in Norton’s fourth grade class. The child reported that Norton rubbed her back and buttocks, squeezed her buttocks, and made moaning sounds when doing so. Sexual assault in the second degree is a class “b” felony.
Norton was originally charged in June of this year on twenty four counts of distributing, possessing, or view matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child. Bond for these original charges was set at $240,000. In early October, Norton was charged with three counts of sexual assault second degree involving students and bond was increased to $340,000. In late October, Norton was charged with nine additional counts of distributing, possessing or view matter depicting sexually explicit conduct with a child following a forensic examination of Norton’s computer by the state crime lavatory and bond was increased to $430,000.
As the result of the latest charge, bond for Norton was increased to $450,000. Norton has remained in the Fulton County Jail as a courtesy to Izard County since his initial arrest in June.
News Release, For Immediate Release, December 12, 2014, POC: Sheriff Tate Lawrence , 8703684203
Note; Picture of Norton provided