SK child molester gets jail time

Convicted child molester Chad Norman will not be going back to WSU this fall.

After quoting psycho-sexual evaluations that described 19-year-old Norman as narcissistic, deceptive and unmoved by the plight of his victims, Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Russell W. Hartman on Monday sentenced Norman to 68 months in prison.

Norman, a South Kitsap resident charged with first-degree child molestation for sexually assaulting young girls at his mother’s daycare, had been seeking SSOSA — an alternative rehabilitation-based sentence for low-grade sex offenders.

Under SSOSA, Norman would have avoided serious jail time — and might even have been able to continue his education at Washington State University, where he would have been a sophomore this year. In return, he would have received intensive therapy and been required to comply with an extremely stringent set of guidelines.

Hartman, however, felt Norman was not yet ready to address his sexual deviancy.

“This court is very concerned about the depth and the breadth of the sexual deviancy described in the report,” Hartman said, calling Norman a “substantial future risk” to the community.

According to the report, during the SSOSA evaluation, Norman revealed crimes and behaviors not previously guessed at by anyone involved with the case. Norman reportedly assaulted his victims — a 9-year-old girl and a 5-year-old girl — up to 20 times each, even continuing after they asked him to stop.

He also revealed that there had been a second 5-year-old victim who, officials said, remembered nothing of the attacks.

The attacks all happened between March 17, 2001, and Aug. 31, 2001, at Norman’s South Kitsap home, which was also a licensed daycare facility — Karla’s Daycare.

The daycare has been closed since the molestation investigation began.

In addition to the instances of child molestation, Norman was also reportedly a heavy user of pornography. There was even a recent incident of bestiality with the family dog noted in the report.

Norman’s acceptance of his deviance and his honesty was repeatedly called into question by both the prosecution and the team that analyzed Norman. Department of Corrections representative Nancy Nelson said it had taken Norman four tries to successfully pass a polygraph, or lie detector, test.

“That’s a new one for me,” Nelson said.

Norman’s family, represented by his parents, his sister and his grandparents, asked the court to give Norman a chance to rehabilitate himself and become a productive member of society. Numerous friends and family members also submitted letters to the court, all of whom praised Norman’s scholastic abilities and contributions to his community.

Norman reportedly made the honor roll in high school and lettered in soccer, pointed out defense attorney David Marshall.

“Except from one very large exception, he has been able to obey society’s rules,” Marshall said.

Hartman, however, referred to the appearance of two lives — the Norman everyone praised and the Norman who would take advantage of small children.

Agreeing with the deputy prosecutor Jennifer Forbes, Hartman said Norman didn’t appear ready to come to grips with his problems. He pointed out that sex offender treatment programs would be available to Norman in the last 18 months of his sentence.

“There’s no point in getting into the intervention until the defendant is amenable,” Hartman said.

Norman is prohibited from coming with 1,500 feet of his victims and will have to pay restitution to them as well.

His restitution hearing is set for Nov. 18.

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