Published Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 | 4:38 p.m.
Updated Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 | 6:28 p.m.
A Metro Police officer surrendered to investigators Wednesday afternoon after he was charged with two separate instances of groping women while on duty last year, authorities said.
John K. Norman, 33, was detained at the Clark County Detention Center and charged with felony oppression under the color of law, gross misdemeanor oppression under the color of law, felony coercion and gross misdemeanor open and gross lewdness after two separate incidents in which he allegedly assaulted the women.
“It’s a sad day when Metro has to make an announcement that it’s arrested one of its own,” Assistant Sheriff Ray Flynn said.
The women, who Flynn said did not know each other, “made allegations of crime of a sexual nature” against Norman, a three-year veteran of the force.
According to the criminal complaint, on June 23, 2011, Norman forced a woman to remain in a police car while he manipulated her bra and breasts. During the second incident, on Dec. 10, 2011, Norman allegedly detained another woman and forced her to “lift her shirt up over her bra,” and touched her.
Norman was booked into the Clark County Detention Center around 3 p.m. Wednesday, Flynn said.
Metro’s internal affairs division, which operates separately from the justice system, also is looking into the women’s complaints. Results of the internal investigation can take anywhere from 60 to 90 days and could lead to Norman’s termination.
Norman, who has been with the police department since June 2008, was placed on unpaid administrative leave pending outcome of the court action.
Flynn said Metro was not aware of other related complaints against Norman.