Testimony complete: Jury to decide Olson’s fate in sexual assault of a child

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Norman Olson, seated next to defense attorney Marty Cannedy, is accused of sexual assault for a 12-year-old girl.

Norman Olson, seated next to defense attorney Marty Cannedy, is accused of sexual assault for a 12-year-old girl.

Update: Jury returns with guilty verdict at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Sentencing phase to begin.

A jury of nine women and three men will decide the fate of Norman Lee Olson II, accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl over a period of 14 months.

Testimony in the trial concluded Wednesday, and the jury is expected to reach a verdict Thursday morning. The 97th District Court will reconvene at 9 a.m.

Olson, 51, of Petrolia, faces one charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14. He is accused of touching the victim in a sexual manner in exchange for treats such as candy and sweets, beginning in October 2011.

The mother of the victim said in testimony that on Jan. 22, 2013, the victim’s 13th birthday, she received a message from a school administrator about concerns of possible abuse. After picking her daughter up from school, she asked the girl if she had ever been touched in an inappropriate manner. The girl said she had been touched by Olson. The woman, who was married to the defendant, returned home and confronted Olson before calling the sheriff’s office.

The mother of the victim testified that during the confrontation, Olson said, “That’s it, I’m done. I’m going to kill myself.”

Olson left the home with a 12-gauge shotgun before deputies arrived. He was not found until March 14, 2013 when Wichita Falls police located the suspect camping in a field.

Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies Kirk Horton and Eric Archer opened testimony Wednesday morning with descriptions of how the investigation progressed.

Horton said that after arriving at the Petrolia residence, he spoke with the victim and her mother, then notified Archer, who was an investigator with the sheriff’s office. Archer contacted Child Protective Services and the victim underwent a forensic interview at Patsy’s House Child Advocacy Center.

“At that time, I knew a crime had been committed,” said Archer.

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