Date: July 21, 2000 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Sterling Ivey, 863 534-6377 or 819-0221 pager
Lakeland Man Charged With Sexual Battery

The Polk County Sheriff's Office has arrested and charged a 25-year-old Lakeland man after an early morning burglary and sexual battery. Robert John Norris , DOB 4/12/75 of 1812 W. Hickory St. in Lakeland is charged with 2 counts burglary, 1 count sexual battery and 1 count kidnapping. 

About 1 a.m. on Friday, July 20 the suspect entered the home of a 33-year-old white female by removing a window air conditioning unit. Once inside the residence, the suspect and victim got into a brief struggle and the victim was physically battered. The suspect then sexually battered the victim and left the residence through the front door, fleeing on foot. The victim suffered minor injuries and was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center. The victim was released from LRMC a short time later. 

The suspect was seen later in the morning and recognized by the victim, who immediately called the Sheriff's Office. Deputies responded and detained the suspect who was arrested and charged after questioning by Sheriff's Office Detectives.

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