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Woman speaks out against former Las Vegas police officer

Katie Crowther

Woman speaks out against former Las Vegas police officer

By Katie Crowther. CREATED Nov 5, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A woman who claims she was taken advantage of by a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer, during a routine traffic stop is speaking out to Action News.

Officer John Norman resigned from the police department in June. The 34-year-old, who was trained to serve and protect, is accused of coercing women into exposing their breasts.

According to court documents, three women were allegedly targeted by Norman in separate traffic stops.
   
"I felt violated, degraded, and disrespected," says Victoria Murnane, who claims Norman groped and fondled her.

"He was the one in charge," she describes. "He had authority as a police officer and he abused that. I had no other choice but to comply and to go along with what he said. I wanted to get away from him as fast as I could."

Norman reportedly pulled over Murnane on East Tropicana near Burnham Avenue last December. The reason, according to investigators, was because she didn't have license plate lights. Murnane says she admitted to Norman that she had a prior arrest for driving under the influence and during that arrest, marijuana had been found in her car.

"He never asked for my insurance, my registration, or my license," she says.
   
She claims he did ask her to pull into the back of a nearby church parking lot to conduct some tests. According to the police report, Norman told Murnane he needed to search her bra because something could be hidden inside of it.

Murnane says Norman shined his spotlight on her car so her sister and friend, who were waiting inside of the car, couldn't see what was happening outside of it.

"He even answered a phone call from his wife in the middle of searching me," Murnane says. "I heard him talking to his daughter. I wanted to ask how he would feel if someone was doing to his daughter, what he was doing to me. I'm somebody's daughter too."

Norman was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on Feb. 1 on felony charges of coercion and oppression under the color of office as well as misdemeanor open or gross lewdness.

If found guilty, Norman could face jail time, fines, and/or probation. He will also have to register as a sex offender. But as part of a plea deal, he could get off that sex offender registry within two years. Murnane says that's not fair, and plan to fight it.

Norman's attorneys and the police union have all declined to comment. Although Norman resigned from LVMPD, allegations against him are still being investigated by officials in Internal Affairs.

His next court date is Jan. 17, 2013.