Friday, August 19, 2011

Russ Ptacek's reporting sends Clay County Auditor William Norris packing

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 11:15 AM

William Norris has a collection of mug shots.
  • William Norris has a collection of mug shots.
KSHB Channel 41 investigative reporter Russ Ptacek is a bad mother ... you get the idea. Here's the proof: Ptacek's resume now includes sending a skeevy politician packing.

William Norris resigned Thursday as Clay County auditor. This comes on the heels of Ptacek's investigation into the 27-year-old that revealed lies and nude pictures of women posted on the Internet.

Norris mentioned neither in his resignation letter: "At this time, I feel that I must devote my time and attention to my family and personal matters," Norris wrote.

Ptacek's investigation found "seven women who were victimized by distribution of nude photos, harassment, cyber-identity theft, or stalking." One of the nude photos was of a woman from Norris' hometown. The photo was posted on a Photobucket account linked to Norris' e-mail.

Johnny law is now considering Norris as a suspect in the nude-photos case, which they're calling "computer tampering." Ptacek reported that deputies seized Norris' computer and other electronic equipment while serving a search warrant at Norris' home on Wednesday.

Ptacek also found a 2006 felony stalking case involving Norris.

If that wasn't enough, Ptacek also uncovered county records showing that Norris visited gambling and adult websites on his work computer while working on the taxpayers' dime.

Ptacek's reporting also suggested that Norris may have posted a nude photo of a childhood acquaintance on the website The Dirty.

Norris had tried to duck Ptacek for weeks, actually running away from the reporter. Norris also filed a restraining order against the bulldog reporter.

Clay County voters elected Norris, a Republican, to office in 2010. Norris had claimed that he was a CPA and a graduate of William Jewell College. He is neither.

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