Vt. man accused of paying $200 to arrange sex with girlBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
December 26. 2017 11:33PM
BRENTWOOD — A Vermont man already accused of trying to meet up with a young teenager in Lebanon for sex is facing new charges alleging that he sent $200 to an undercover officer posing as a 12-year-old girl’s mother in hopes of arranging a sexual encounter with the child.
Joseph Norko, 51, of St. Johnsbury, was indicted by a Rockingham County grand jury this month on charges of attempted aggravated felonious sexual assault, prostitution and related offenses, six counts of certain uses of computer services prohibited, and three counts of indecent exposure and lewdness,
According to the indictments, Norko allegedly sent $200 through Western Union on Aug. 4 as a deposit to engage in sex with what he believed was a 12-year-old girl. Norko is accused of communicating with an undercover officer he believed was the girl’s mother. The crimes allegedly occurred in Portsmouth.
The indictments allege that Norko used an online service in July and August to ask the undercover officer to set up a meeting where he could engage in various sex acts with the girl.
Norko is also accused of sending nude pictures of himself exposing his genitals to the officer in July and asked that they be shown to the girl.
Norko was arrested on similar charges in Lebanon in September after an investigation by the Lebanon Police Department and other agencies.
Lebanon police said they engaged in a conversation that was sexual in nature with a man later identified as Norko through social media. The conversation led to a meeting in Lebanon in which Norko allegedly thought he would find a 15-year-old girl for sex, but instead was arrested on several charges after the girl turned out to be an undercover Lebanon police officer.
Lebanon police were assisted by the Portsmouth Police Department, Vermont Attorney General’s office and the United States Department of Homeland Security, which all had active investigations involving Norko and are part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.