Rape, kidnapping charges filed against UofU employee

Thursday , November 15, 2012 - 10:23 AM


SALT LAKE CITY— Formal charges have been filed against a University of Utah employee who police say kidnapped a woman, held her hostage and raped her on campus.

Charges filed Wednesday against Lonnie Dell Norton include aggravated kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault, aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, violating a protective order and interrupting a telecommunications device.

Prosecutors said he’s being held without bail.

Sandy police allege that the 49-year-old Norton broke into the woman’s residence early Sunday morning, threatened her with a gun, drove her to a building on campus and raped her.

Norton knew the alleged victim. The Associated Press is not identifying her to avoid revealing a possible victim of sexual assault.

Norton was Director of College Computing in the College of Humanities when the alleged assault occurred.

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