Rapist turns down plea deal on latest sex charges

Man accused of approaching two 14-year-old girls about having sex; the girls were riding their bicycles in Norwalk at the time.
Cary Ashby
May 23, 2013


A convicted rapist turned down a plea deal Wednesday and has a bench trial scheduled on two sex charges.

Former Norwalk resident Norvell T. McIntire, 45, of Sandusky, will have two counts of importuning tried June 26 before Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway. The two fifth-degree felonies, each of which are punishable by six to 12 months in prison, are in connection with an Aug. 25 incident.

"(The attorneys) have not been able to reach an agreement at this time," Conway said.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer DeLand is representing the state while McIntire's attorney is Huron County Public Defender David Longo.

"The bench trial should take more than half (of) a day, from my conversation with counsel," Conway said Wednesday.

McIntire is accused of approaching two 14-year-old girls about having sex, Norwalk police said. The girls were riding their bicycles on Cline Street at the time, but were able to get away from the suspect.

"He actually hugged them," Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton said soon afterward.

In early May, a jury deliberated for almost four hours before finding McIntire guilty of four sex-related felonies and public indecency, a second-degree misdemeanor. He was convicted of rape, gross sexual imposition, attempted gross sexual imposition and importuning for crimes that happened within about a week of each other in August. Both of McIntire's accusers testified.

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, pushed her onto a couch and fondled the girl as he held her down.

"He told her, 'You like it.' He told her, 'Don't tell anybody," DeLand told jurors.

In the other incident at the same house, the 11-year-old girl was sitting on a couch with McIntire.

The victim testified the man untied and pulled open his gym shorts and tried to get her to look at his private parts. The girl said she flexed her arm and pulled away when McIntire grabbed her arm and tried to get her to touch his penis. She then left the couch, had two of her friends come to the bathroom with her and she told them what happened.

Before the 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," the younger girl said.

McIntire is being held without bond at the Huron County Jail until he is sentenced June 27.


swiss family

PLEASE>>>STOP ALL OF THE PLEA DEALING>>!!!!!!!!!!!!!! finally, after years upon years of criminal actions, they finally decide to bring this guy to face his actions, and bring peace and justice to the community, and you think you should give him the option of a plea deal????? we need a new justice team i9n Huron County, that is blatantly obvious..!!!!!


Swiss - apparently you don't understand that the ohio Courts of Appeals have held on numerous occasions that failure of the Prosecutor to make a plea offer is prosecutorial misconduct requiring immediate release of the criminal. Is that what you want?


Swiss it isn't just huron county that needs a new justice team it's every where it seems the career criminals seem to get a slap on the hand and turned back out in public and the few that just make a simple mistake or get screwed cuz they are poor and cant afford a lawyer get their ass handed to them


This guy is poor and has a free Lawyer appointed for him. The Lawyer in this case is doing his job. Its just that the client appears to be an imbecile.

Gone Fishing

I agree swiss this man doesn't deserve a plea deal. With that being said Huron County nor any other county can afford to have every case go to trail due to a trail costing thousands of dollars. Well either that or Huron County residents will see huge spike in taxes.

Mother hen

Pleas deal after plea deal.... they have to offer plea deals if they were to sentence him the whole prison term allowed he has the right to appelle. Now we don't want that. I hope during his sentence he has to register for the rest of his ever loving life.