Additional sex related charges against children have been filed against Robert Norton who was charged in June of this year with 24 counts of child pornography including photographs and/or videos of female children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Norton has remained incarcerated since his June arrest in lieu of $240,000 bond
The latest charges against Norton, filed October 1, 2014, involved conduct with female students in the fourth grade class which he taught last school year. The former church pastor and former teacher now face additional charges of sexual assault second degree- three counts. Each count is a class “b” felony. It is alleged that 52 year old Norton of Sage rubbed the back and buttocks of at least three of his female students while they stood by his desk getting help with their studies. These students are approximately the same age as the children contained in pictures for which he was previously charged. Norton remains in the Fulton County Jail as a courtesy to Izard County where all the alleged criminal acts have occurred. As the result of the recent charges, Norton’s bond was increased by $100,000 for a current total of $340,000.
The Arkansas State Police is awaiting the results of a forensic examination of Norton’s home computer and church computer by the Arkansas State Criminal Laboratory to determine if further child related sexual material is discovered. Norton resigned his church pastorate and teaching position at the time of the original twenty four charges.
News Release, For Immediate Release, October 2, 2014, POC: Sheriff Lawrence, 8703684203
Note Picture of Norton provided