Man gets 19 years jail after rape charges

After pleading guilty to multiple counts of rape and other sex-related charges last month, a man was sentenced to 19 years in prison Wednesday.

Torrance K. Norman II, 37, of Bloomville, who was arrested in May on a charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and later indicted by a Seneca County grand jury on five counts of rape, five counts of sexual battery, two counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of importuning, was sentenced to the prison term by Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff.

Norman had pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual battery, four counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition last month. One count of rape and one count of gross sexual imposition were dismissed. A court spokeswoman said one count of rape and one count of sexual battery were merged because they were allied offenses.

According to his indictment, Norman’s victim was a 15-year-old girl and the misconduct occurred between June 2012 and May of this year. Following his arrest, Detective Sgt. Kevin Reinbolt of the Seneca County Sheriff’s said Norman confessed to committing several sexual acts with the girl.

Reinbolt, who led the investigation of Norman, said Wednesday he was happy with the outcome of the sentencing.

“He was a very dangerous individual,” he said. “In a small community like Bloomville, it’s good to get him off the streets. Now the victim can go on with the recovery and healing process.”

The court spokeswoman said Norman also was ordered Wednesday to pay $862.23 in restitution and also is to have to register as a tier III sex offender.