Update: Newport Airport worker and Library Board Member Charles Norman arrested on 13 counts of Encouraging Child Sex Abuse
Former Newport Library Board member, unsuccessful candidate for Lincoln County School Board and most recently a worker at the Newport Municipal Airport Charles Norman has been arrested on 13 charges of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse. Norman’s arrest comes just days after David Humphrey’s of Lincoln City pleaded guilty to the same charges following a statewide child pornography ring investigation conducted by the State Department of Justice.
In a news media release, Newport Police revealed the following about their investigation:
Newport Police Officers responded to a local retailer regarding a subject attempting to print what appeared to be child pornography.
Officers began an investigation and learned that the suspect, identified as Charles B. Norman, age 58 of Newport, attempted to print pictures that appeared to contain nude photos of young girls. When Mr. Norman was not successful in printing the photos, he left the location. While the photos did not print, the pictures he attempted to print were left visible on the screen. An employee recognized the pictures as inappropriate conduct, and reported the incident to the Police Department.
During the investigation, Norman was identified by witness statements and surveillance videos. Investigators reviewed the images obtained from the retailer, and confirmed there were numerous images that contained illegal content.
A search warrant was executed on Mr. Norman’s residence, where a computer and other electronic storage devices were seized. During an interview, Norman told investigators he had downloaded sexually explicit photos of young girls from his work computer, and stored the images on the electronic devices seized during the search warrant. Mr. Norman’s work computer was also seized. Mr. Norman estimated his collection of photos of children, to include sexually explicit photos of children, is about 1,000 images.
The investigation is ongoing and will require the forensic examination of the electronics to confirm the origins of the images, and the extent of the collection of illegal images.
Norman was initially a Salem resident, gaining a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from OSU. He had worked for a medical products company, a catering company for an airline and as an employee at the Newport Airport for Seaport Air during their short time as a scheduled airline. After Seaport flew their last flight to Portland, Norman was hired on as a worker for the airport in the terminal building.
Norman had been a member of the Newport Library Board as recently as last November 6th but his name no longer appears on that roster on the city website.
Norman is being held on 13 charges of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse, Possessing Photos with Sexually Explicit Conduct Involving a Child, Knowingly Developing, Duplicating, Publishing and Printing Photos with Sexually Explicit Conduct Involving a Child. Norman’s bail was set at $1.2 million.