Clay County prosecutors charged Norris with a felony for filling "a false sworn affidavit of candidacy" in which he claimed he'd never pleaded guilty or been convicted of a felony (he had). Norris was also charged with a misdemeanor charge related to nude photos that he allegedly distributed of a woman. Norris is looking at up to five years in jail.
Court records say a criminal background check of Norris turned up two felony charges and five misdemeanors in Grundy County, Missouri. Of the seven charges, Norris pleaded guilty to a felony charge of stalking and a misdemeanor charge of violating a protection order. Norris was still under probation for the stalking charge when he filed papers to run for Clay County Auditor.
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.
Norris never received a degree from William Jewell. He only completed six credit hours. His transcript showed that he flunked two classes in the spring semester of 2007.
Court records also say Norris attempted to access TheDirty.com and Photobucket.com using his Clay County computer. This is significant because Norris is accused of posting nude photos of a woman on The Dirty. Instead, he allegedly used a laptop to upload the photos.
Norris resigned in August as Ptacek's story blew up. Norris claimed 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.
Ptacek's reporting revealed 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.