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Ex-cop accused of groping women gets two-year sentence

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Updated: 1/17/2013 6:42 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Former Metro police officer John Norman is going to prison for two years. News 3's Sandra Gonzalez has this story.

Norman was in court this morning to face his punishment after pleading guilty to charges of coercing women to expose their breasts after stopping them on the road.

Judge Abbi Silver -- after hearing victims’ statements -- looked right at him and said: “You are nothing short of a sexual predator with a badge.”

Before Norman was sentenced, he was allowed to give a statement.

“But if I did at any point make anyone feel threatened I am truly and humbly sorry 'cause that was never my intent to use my intention to force people to expose themselves,” Norman said.

He also said he “is not a monster lurking in the dark” , and that he understands that his actions weren't above reproach.

He even turned back and looked at one of the women who he stopped in this case who was in the courtroom. She was in tears.

“I was angry and I was saying you are such a liar in my head. You are full of it, because you knew what you were doing the whole time you were doing it. You knew your intentions. You just kept getting away with it and you thought you would get away with it again,” said victim Victoria Elizabeth Murnane.

She went on the stand and pleaded with the judge to be as strong in her declaration of punishment for Norman. So did another woman, Rebecca Portillo. They asked that he required to be registered as a sex offender for life.

One woman says she still suffers from panic attacks. The other says she’s afraid of male officers pulling her over again.

“I’m afraid, especially if I’m alone. I’ll have to call back up or stay on the phone with 911 until somebody else comes because I don't trust,” Murnane said.

Norman received maximum sentencing for the counts he previously pleaded guilty to: oppression under color of office, and open or gross lewdness. His punishment is two years in prison and he was taken away in handcuffs.

Two women left the courtroom very grateful.

“I said thank you, thank you God. Thank you. Thank you,” Murnane said.

Norman’s defense attorney David J. Roger declined to comment.

Once Norman is released from prison, he will have to register as a sex offender.

He was with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for 3-1/2 years.
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