Former Newport Airport Terminal worker Chip Norman was sentenced Friday to 35 months in Oregon State Prison for his conviction of encouraging child pornography. Norman’s initial contact with law enforcement was after he was reported trying to make copies of pictures of children in various depictions of sexual behavior at a Newport business.
Norman was arrested in late January and lodged in the county jail where he was being held on $1.2 million, pending his trial.
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.
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.