Victim of suspected sex offense testifies

Trial continues for Norwalk man accused of rape and other felonies.
Cary Ashby
May 2, 2013

    A former Norwalk man accused of sexually assaulting two girls heard testimony from the youngest of his accusers Wednesday.

   Norvell T. McIntire, 45, of Sandusky, is charged with one count each of rape and gross sexual imposition in connection with an incident involving a 14-year-old girl in August before school started. He also faces one felony charge each of attempted gross sexual imposition and importuning plus public indecency, a second-degree misdemeanor, all stemming from an Aug. 27 incident involving a 12-year-old girl.

   Huron County Public Defender David Longo said the suspected offenses happened in the same house where local children hang out and was the residence of McIntire’s girlfriend. To help him keep the incidents straight, Longo said he refers to one as “the couch incident” and the other as the “upstairs incident.”

   “This is where multiple kids are at any given time,” Longo told the jury during his opening statement.

   McIntire reportedly approached the girl in the home Aug. 27 when she was on the couch under a blanket. Longo said his client is accused of trying to put the victim’s girls down his gym shorts and allegedly tried to get her to look at his genitalia.

   “This allegedly happened in a room full of kids … none of whom heard anything or saw anything,” Longo said.

   When McIntire grabbed the girl’s arm, she “stiffened (and) tried to pull away,” Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer DeLand said. McIntire was only wearing the shorts at the time.

   In the other suspected incident, the older girl went to the house when the family wasn’t home, but McIntire reportedly was there by himself. DeLand said before the victim knew what happened, “the unthinkable happened” and the suspect “threw her down,” using his hands to keep hers over her head and fondled her.

   The 12-year-old girl testified she and the other girl, her best friend, when McIntire approached them and asked if he could touch their butts.

   “We said no and walked away. When we walked away, he smacked our butts … with his palm,” she said.

   “He was asking (earlier) if he could touch our butts,” the girl said. “He asked me twice. I thought he just wanted to smack it.”

   Longo, in his opening statement, told the jury they would hear “two stories of alleged molestation of two minors.” But he said after they hear inconsistent testimony and “a lack of corroboration,” the jurors will realize the accounts are fictional and the two girls may be “in cahoots.”

   About a week after the suspected butt-touching incident, the girl was at the house with eight other children and McIntire. She said she got cold because of the air conditioning and sat down on the couch with the defendant because he had the only blanket in the room, where most of the children were wrestling.

   “My head was on his lap,” she said. “We sat like that for five to 10 minutes.”

   McIntire eventually got up and when he returned to the couch, “he untied his shorts” before he sat down, the girl said.

   “He tried to pull my right arm to his penis,” she said. “When he was pulling, I flexed (and) I kept my arm back.”

   When McIntire reportedly pulled away his blanket and shorts, the girl said she saw “blackness” out of the corner of her eye. The suspect is black and his accuser is white.

   “I was scared, but I didn’t want to be too suspicious. I didn’t want to explain it to the other kids,” the girl said.

   The girl said she got up from the couch and had two of her friends to come to the bathroom with her.

   “I told them everything that happened,” she said, but she didn’t tell her parents until much later.

   Having known McIntire for several years before this, the girl said she was “kind of in shock” about what happened.

   “I didn’t think Norvell would do something like that,” she said.

   Testimony continues today.

Comments

OhioMommy87

It doesn't sound to me like the girls are making this up. What do they have to gain? It sounds like they are just really shocked that this happened and don't know how to deal with it at their age.

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Mother hen

What a sick nasty dirty pig. And I have to agree sounds as if the children didn't know how to cope.

jennytalia

There are only two things that can help this situation......a rope and a tree. This scumbag has been getting away with criminal activity for years. If he hasn't wised up by 45 years old, he never will. I say , "take him out behind the courthouse and put him down". To his defense attorney, you are as big a scum as poor old "Nuk". I'm sure he is completely innocent of these charges and all the similar charges throughout the years. PLEASE!!!! He is well known in this town as being the lowest of the low. He is well known in this town as a child predator. He is well know in this town as a drug dealer. He is well known in this town as a general piece of S**T. Longo, if you are so sure of his innocence, please let him stay at your place , with your family, through the remainder of this trial. This may give you both a chance to bond over details of the case.

jennytalia

There are only two things that can help this situation......a rope and a tree. This scumbag has been getting away with criminal activity for years. If he hasn't wised up by 45 years old, he never will. I say , "take him out behind the courthouse and put him down". To his defense attorney, you are as big a scum as poor old "Nuk". I'm sure he is completely innocent of these charges and all the similar charges throughout the years. PLEASE!!!! He is well known in this town as being the lowest of the low. He is well known in this town as a child predator. He is well know in this town as a drug dealer. He is well known in this town as a general piece of S**T. Longo, if you are so sure of his innocence, please let him stay at your place , with your family, through the remainder of this trial. This may give you both a chance to bond over details of the case.

Sarrak

First, the whole point of the Trial is to determine whether or not this defendant is "guilty" or "not guilty" of the charged offenses.
Second, "reputation" is not evidence that can be used to convict. All are presumed not guilty unless and until a jury finds sufficient evidence to convict.
Third, Mr. Longo is hired by the taxpayers to defend criminal defendants. Calling him scum for doing his job is pretty disgusting.

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jennytalia

Oh, boo hoo Sarrak. Did I offend you with my post. Oh yeah, it is such a noble thing Longo is doing when he is basically trying to convince us that these "children" are lying and just have it out for poor Nukki. Just doing his job....my as*. This scumbags defense should just be that he is sick, guilty and needs some serious help. It's bleeding hearts like you that are turning this country to sh**. Me......well, I like to call a spade a spade (no pun intended). You either do not know Nuk or maybe you are one of his little underage hoodrats. Too bad it is not 1813 instead of 2013..trial would already be over and punishment completed as well. Let me guess, you probably also think that kids should not be spanked and everyone deserves a trophy, just for participating. I would also assume that you voted for Obama....lol.

Sarrak

What Mr Longo is doing is his job. It is neither noble or not noble - it is simply his job. Despite the fact that the likelihood of conviction is exceedingly high is this case the accused is entitled by our constitution to choose to go to trial with representation to test the evidence. That is the American way. Perhaps if you don't like the constitution you should consider relocation to a place where it is not in force. I am not offended by your posts just astounded by what they contain. Some use their brains to think others to name call.

jas

I agree with Sarrak. Say what you will about McIntyre and his reputation. He probably is guilty but our Constitution gives him the right to force the state to prove it. Mr. Longo deserves credit for being part of a system that believes individual rights are important. He doesn't deserve criticism for doing the job he is underpaid to do. Why don't you go live in China where the individual has no rights? They are simply cogs in the wheel of production controlled by the state.

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OhioMommy87

Jennytalia, you said this guy's nickname is Nukki? Did he used to live in the Grand apartments in Norwalk? Please let me know!!!