I’m really not intentionally trying to pick on the Florida creepers but that’s who keeps coming up in my e-mail from the Google News alerts.
Anyway, 48-year-old Jerry Norman of Port St. Lucie, Florida was recently sentenced for soliciting a 14-year-old girl for sex through craigslist. Since it’s Florida and this website you know by now that the 14-year-old girl was an Indian River County Sheriff’s Office detective. But hark, is that the cries of entrapment I hear?
Defense attorney Brian H. Mallonee told the judge that while seeking sex on line, “Mr. Norman was not seeking sex with someone under 18.
“It’s the police that initiated the idea of sex with someone who was 14,” Mallonee argued.“
Yeah, about that…
Jerry Norman of Port St. Lucie invited the victim to meet him at a McDonald’s.
Norman asked the detective online, “Do your parents have access to your computer?”
Detective Jeremy Shepherd testified Norman drove to the meeting at McDonald’s in a car a customer had taken to the dealership for an oil change.
Shepherd said Norman did not see a girl at the restaurant and left, but quickly returned when the victim sent a text message explaining she had been in the ladies room.
While he may not have been seeking sex with a minor he sure wasn’t turning it away. Norman’s attorney said that this was a ‘single moment of stupidity’. I disagree, I see several moments of stupidity here. The judge was astute enough to point this out…
“You had so many opportunities to walk away from this,” Circuit Judge Robert L. Pegg told Norman before sentencing. “You could have said, ‘Oh, thank God she wasn’t there.’ But you didn’t do that.”
The sad part is Norman was only sentenced to a year and seven months and being placed on the sex offenders registry which by now you should know does not discourage re-offending. Norman’s attorney argued what good does it do to send his client to prison. Well, it keeps him away from any actual minor girls he may come in contact with.
Florida gets a sometimes deserved reputation for being a sub-par state for all the wacky shit that happens there. While that may be true I’ll give them a lot of credit for sending a lot of bad guys to jail even if it’s for too short periods of time.
Oh and about the alleged entrapment, Norman’s lawyer had this to say…
“Could we have taken an entrapment case before a jury?
“Probably not,” Mallonee continued, conceding the difficulty of winning such a case.
Or the fact that he probably knows he wouldn’t have a leg to stand on in court.