Rapist found guilty of all charges

Jurors deliberate for almost four hours before reaching decision.
Cary Ashby
May 2, 2013

"He picked his victims because they are young and naive."

That's what Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer DeLand told the jurors about defendant Norvell T. McIntire as part of her rebuttal in her closing argument in a rape case Thursday.

Earlier, McIntire's attorney, Huron County Public Defender David Longo said the two victims' testimony isn't plausible because one of the girls took two months to report allegations of sexual assault to authorities, didn't immediately tell her parents and there was inconsistent testimony.

"You should acquit Mr. McIntire of both charges without hesitation," Longo said, referring to one count each of rape and gross sexual imposition for an incident involving a 14-year-old girl.

But the jurors decided otherwise after almost four hours of deliberation Thursday.

McIntire, 45, of Sandusky, was convicted of all five charges on which he was being tried. In addition to the rape and gross sexual imposition charges, the former Norwalk resident was found guilty of one felony charge each of attempted gross sexual imposition and importuning plus public indecency, a second-degree misdemeanor.

All the crimes happened in August before school started at the same house where local children hang out and was the residence of McIntire's girlfriend. The court referred to the offense with the older girl as the "upstairs incident" and the one involving the younger girl as "the couch incident."

"Everything was in a week or so of each other," DeLand said.

The older girl hugged her mother and father moments after Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway read the guilty verdicts. Then she stepped around and hugged DeLand. Her family declined to comment. The younger girl and her family weren't in court for the decision.

McIntire's expression never changed as the judge read the verdicts.

"I'm happy with the outcome. I think Jennifer did a great job, too," Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton said.

The older girl was aware of the earlier couch incident, Longo said, so it makes no sense she'd go back to the same house where she knew McIntire would be -- even if she said she wanted to protect her younger sister who enjoyed playing with other children there.

"It's staggering," Longo told the jury.

The 14-year-old girl was upstairs with McIntire when nobody else was home.

DeLand said when the victim walked away from McIntire, he grabbed her arm, held both of her hands above her head and he used his other hand to put his palm on her chest and push the girl onto the couch.

"He told her, 'You like it.' He told her, 'Don't tell anybody," DeLand said, referring to McIntire fondling the girl while he held her down with his other hand.

DeLand said what started as an act of gross sexual imposition continued into a rape.

Before the couch and upstairs incidents, McIntire approached both girls, who are best friends, and asked them 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 if he could touch our butts," the girl said. "He asked me twice. I thought he just wanted to smack it."

In the couch incident, the younger girl was sitting on a couch with McIntire when both of them were under a blanket due to the air conditioning. In the small living room were eight other children, most of whom were wrestling each other.

McIntire got up at one point, only to return to the couch. The victim testified McIntire sat down after untying his gym shorts, then pulled his pants open and she saw "blackness" out of the corner of her eye. McIntire is black and his accuser is white.

"He then grabbed her arm and tried to get her to touch his penis," DeLand said.

The girl testified she flexed her arm and pulled away from him. She said she then got off the couch and had two of her friends come to the bathroom with her and she told them what happened.

McIntire also had "nudged" the girl and said her name repeatedly to get her to see his private parts when they were on the couch, DeLand said. She explained to jurors that public indecency has less to do with where the offense happened and more to do with who could have seen it.

Longo said it doesn't make sense for McIntire to commit these offenses in a room full of people since most child molesters know they need their privacy "to get away with it."

"Maybe he didn't care," countered DeLand, who recalled McIntire laughed when he was arrested on the rape indictment.

"He was relaxed and joked with the officer," added DeLand, who asked the jurors if they thought those were the actions of an innocent man.

The prosecutor said the entire circumstances started out with McIntire soliciting the girls to touch their butts, "thought he got away with it" when he smacked their bottoms as the pair walked downstairs and then McIntire tried to have the younger girl touch his penis after having exposed himself to her. DeLand said the defendant took things even farther by sexually assaulting the older girl when she was in the house by herself.

"He told her when she was running out of the door, 'Don't tell anyone' -- the last words she heard from him," DeLand said.

McIntire, whose bond was revoked, will be sentenced June 20.

Comments

jas

Judge Conway, please do the community a favor and put this guy away for as long as the law allows.

Ehovemom

Can the murder at the reservior be brought up at his sentencing?

jas

I think you're mistaking McIntyre for someone else. Is that OK Mr. Moderator?

Ehovemom

Wasn't he the second guy in the shelter? The one who didn't go to jail?

HBK

Even thought this dude is guilty as Hell, he was already guilty before he even got to trial. I am glad to see this guy will be off the streets for awhile, but he never got a fair trial due to all the biased reporting by one Cary Ashby and the Norwalk Reflector. is it just me, but does it seem kinda funny that Ashby will name drop people before their cases are even brought to trial, or bringing up old case to influence potential jurors, but the min a dirty cop and their crooked employer are in the news he protects their identity.

happyfeet64

Valid point

jas

HBK - Be careful what you say about the Reflector and their reporters. They'll remove your comment quicker than you can say "Good ole' boy network." At least the Reflector is not as thin skinned as the Register.

HBK

Thanks, Oh I know. They remove my post all the time because that's how they keep stuff covered up all the time. They don't want the "real" truth getting out, Lord no!!

Sitting In The ...

What you see as someone being bias is actually the difference between someone being officially charged and not being charged. Secondly, Mrs. Ashby didn't ruin his name he did, Just in Norwalk Municipal Court his name generated SIXTY-FOUR results and just so you know that's public record.

HBK

Oh, please don't mistake me for defending this scum. He did this to himself, we all know that. But to pick and choose who you want to slander in your reporting is very unprofessional. Believe me, I'm not trusting no cops or courts if a 45 year old man comes near my sixteen year old daughter. Yep, I just said that! We will go back to the 19th century on some vintage $h!t!!! Bet!!

truthbetold77

I don't think he should of been convicted of rape though.. rape was never proven. I think the media and the fact it was a sex crime persuaded the jury to find him guilty of rape.

Windy

Looking in my crystal ball, I see an appeal in his future . . .

onegirlarmy

Glad it will finally be the end to decades of inappropriate behavior for him.

luvblues2

When he gets out, he'll have that "nice" suit to wear.

Richard Cranium

Fantastic job Det. Fulton and Asst. Prosecutor Deland! Thanks for cleaning up the streets! Your dedication and hard work is appreciated.

starryeyes83

" She thought he just wanted to smack her butt"... WTF??

indolent indiff...

a black man on trial in Norwalk, huron County. what other verdict could be possible. That racist cess-pool would have found him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt with no evidence because of who he is.

sport24728

Poor, poor Nukie. Gimme a break. Guy should've been in prison long ago. And he should stay there.

Ehovemom

Really, so let's say it was a 45 year old white man who has never had a job, has a lengthy criminal record, who lays around on his girl friend's couch all day while exposing himself to children and tries to molest them. And two children are willing to testify that he did molest them. Don't kid yourself,it is not his race - it is his moral code and illegal activity. No one can make a poster child out of Norvell MacIntire
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WASP71

indolent indiff...if you even think the "white man" had anything at all to do with this your a fool. Only a racist pig would think that way- especially for this piece of dung..(that's poop- in case you didn't understand the word)

Gone2work

Race has nothing to do with this judgement. The facts do. When will African Americans stop using the "because they're black card." My gosh, plant your seeds and grow a brain!

TheLegend

Ehovemom, I couldn't have said it better myself! How is this in any way a race issue? The man contributes NOTHING to society and is a waste of space! I'm sorry but if that were my daughter, he'd be going somewhere far worse than jail! Next thing you know Sharpton will be holding rallies for the guy proclaiming his innocence!!!! If you're the one pulling out the race card, then most likely your the racist yourself!

Mother hen

I had my doubts about our local justice system. Today is a good day people, thank u Det Fulton for all ur hard work. Thank God above for hearing my prays. Now I hope these young girls can recover and have a normal life with out fear from him.

Mother hen

And I have to say the look on his face is priceless. Lol see ya in 10-20 yrs

WASP71

About time...all I can say..It's about time.

Scranton Tibbs

A suit only Deion Sanders could love.

Mother hen

Round 2 he still has court for 2 others. Come on nukki take that one to trial too. Please do

all fact or all...

LOL with the suit Nukie I think this might be the first time I sceen his pants over his A** than under his A**

KindofKick

I certainly do not condone any of his choices, but was there any proof that a rape had happened? The last article stated there were many other children in the living room and not one had heard or seen anything. Which to me seems a bit odd. Also, where are the parents? Why would any parent leave their child alone with a grown man, even if he isn't a pedophile. I have to agree with @HBK, he was guilty before there was even a trial. I do not agree with the Norwalk Reflector posting allegations on the website as if he was already convicted of them. It just doesn't seem fair, no matter if they are true or not. Again, I am certainly NOT defending him, just stating that this trial seems a bit unfair.

HBK

My point exactly

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