Olson given life in prison for continuous sexual assault of girl under 14

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Norman Olson, seated next to defense attorney Marty Cannedy, was convicted Thursday in the continuous sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl.

Norman Olson, seated next to defense attorney Marty Cannedy, was convicted Thursday in the continuous sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl.

After deliberating for less than 10 minutes, a Clay County jury sentenced Norman Lee Olson II to life in prison for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl over a period of 14 months.

Olson, 51, or Petrolia, was convicted in the 97th District Court Thursday for continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14. With the life sentence, Olson will not be eligible for parole.

“To get this (sentence) today speaks volumes about the community, that Clay County is not going to put up with this,” said District Attorney Paige.

During the sentencing phase, jurors heard testimony from a 28-year-old woman who assaulted multiple times years before. The woman testified that Olson raped her over a period of 10 years, from the time she was 5-years-old. The assaults ended in 2001, when she called police.

Williams said the victims stories were early similar. Olson gave the earlier victim alcohol, cigarettes and shopping trips to the mall after each sexual assault. He sexually assaulted his most recent victim then gave her chocolate candies and snack cakes.

Williams said the woman’s testimony played a role in the jury’s decision to give Olson life, but could not say how much. “It definitely assisted them,” she said.

The mother of the victim for which Olson was indicted testified during Thursday’s sentencing phase that her daughter, now 14, wakes up in the night kicking and screaming. Both attend counseling at Patsy’s House Child Advocacy Center.

“I go in there to comfort her and I don’t know how to do that because she won’t open up, she won’t talk,” said the mother.

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