Child Molester Surrenders at LAX
updated: Feb 15, 2013, 2:12 PM
Source: Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department
Alleged Child Molester in Custody: Michael Norris Surrenders at LAX
When 67 year old Michael Norris landed at the Los Angeles International Airport on a direct flight from
Costa Rica late last night, he knew Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Detectives were waiting for him.
Sheriff's Investigators, along with FBI and United States Customs agents, boarded the plane and took
Norris into custody. Norris, who had a warrant for his arrest in Santa Barbara County on multiple counts
of child molestation charges surrendered to authorities without incident. Norris was transported to the
Santa Barbara County jail where he was booked and is being held on $200,000 bail.
The arrest was a coordinated effort between investigators from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's
Felony Fugitives and Criminal Investigative Divisions and United States officials in Costa Rica who
assisted in monitoring Norris' whereabouts and ensuring he boarded the plane.
The arrest follows an investigation that began in February of 2012 involving allegations that Norris had
sexually abused a minor over the course of several years during the time he lived in Carpinteria. Norris
moved to the farm town of Quepos, Costa Rica in 2006. A warrant was issued for his arrest in
December of 2012. When Norris learned of the warrant he agreed to return to Santa Barbara County
and negotiated his surrender with Sheriff's investigators.
Norris is charged with multiple counts of child molestation including but not limited to continual sexual
abuse of a minor, contact with a minor with the intent to commit sexual abuse, distributing and
producing pornography to a child and aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 years of age.
An arraignment date has not been set.
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