from the Twenty-Sixth Judicial District Court for the Parish
of Bossier, Louisiana Lower Court Case No. 194062, Honorable
Edward Charles Jacobs, Judge
LOUISIANA APPELLATE PROJECT, By: Douglas Lee Harville,
Counsel for Appellant.
JACOB NORMAN, II, Pro Se.
SCHUYLER MARVIN, District Attorney, Counsel for Appellee.
PAXTON CAMPBELL, II JOHN MICHAEL LAWRENCE RICHARD RUSSELL RAY
Assistant District Attorneys.
BROWN, WILLIAMS, and STONE, JJ.
defendant, Paul Jacob Norman, II, was charged by bill of
information with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile in
violation of La. R.S. 14:80. Following a bench trial, Norman
was found guilty as charged and subsequently sentenced to
five years at hard labor. For the following reasons, we
April 17, 2012, Bossier City Police Detective Shawn Poudrier
("Detective Poudrier") received information from
the school resource officer at Rusheon Middle School
concerning 13-year-old student, C.S. A family member reported
C.S. was involved in a sexual relationship with 26-year-old
Paul Jacob Norman, II ("Norman"), who had been
living with C.S. and her family. Thereafter, C.S. was
interviewed at the Gingerbread House, a children's
advocacy center in Shreveport, Louisiana. In her forensic
interview, C.S. denied having a sexual relationship with
Norman. However, C.S.'s mother, D.S., admitted to police
that she was aware of her daughter's sexual relationship
with Norman. Moreover, C.S.'s cousins, Rhydonia Gullette
("Gullette") and Jessica Peters
("Peters"), informed police that they previously
witnessed Norman and C.S. having sex.
25, 2012, Norman was charged by bill of information with
felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile in violation of La.
R.S. 14:80. Norman chose to represent himself at trial and
following a two-day bench trial was found guilty as charged.
Thereafter, Norman filed a motion for new trial arguing that
the trial court's verdict was contrary to the law and
evidence because, among other things, he was not permitted to
cross-examine Gullette and Peters. Norman also alleged C.S.,
who testified at trial that she had sex with Norman multiple
times, had been coached into testifying against him.
Norman's motion for new trial was denied, and he was
sentenced to five years at hard labor. He now appeals.
of the Evidence
asserts the evidence adduced at trial was insufficient to
prove he had sexual intercourse with C.S. In support of his
claim, Norman notes that C.S.'s trial testimony is
contrary to the initial statements she made in her
Gingerbread House interview. Furthermore, Norman contends
none of the ...