Fugitive sex offender turns himself in at Davis jail

Jan 23 2014 - 6:46am


Norman Douglas Deem, 43
Norman Douglas Deem, 43

KAYSVILLE -- A fugitive sex offender showed up at the Davis County Jail and turned himself in Wednesday, police said.

Norman Douglas Deem, 43, of Layton, had pleaded guilty in February 2013 to two counts of sexual exploitation of a child, second-degree felonies. He was arrested by the Utah Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in April 2012 for downloading child pornography.

Deem was scheduled to be sentenced on the two second-degree felonies in June  2013, but failed to appear for his hearing. He was facing one to 15 years at the Utah State Prison for each count with an additional five years because he was a repeat sex offender, according to court documents. 

Deem had pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted sex abuse of a child in 2008. He was placed on three years probation, which he completed successfully, according to court documents. As part of his sentence he was to register his home address with the state sex and kidnap registry list.

Kaysville police arrested Deem on May 8, 2013, for not registering his Kaysville address with the state sex and kidnap registry list, said Lt. Paul Thompson. The address listed with the state was in South Jordan.

Deem disappeared on May 9, 2013, after bailing out of jail. 

Then on May 9, 2013, Unified police in Salt Lake County found a car registered to Deem and what appeared to be a "staged suicide," Thompson said. 

Warrants were issued for his arrest.

Then on Wednesday, Deem showed up at the jail in Farmington, Thompson said.

"We're shocked," Thompson said.

Deem did ask for an attorney before he would speak with police about where he has been, why he disappeared and why he has returned.

"We have no idea about the where or whys," Thompson said.

Contact reporter Loretta Park at 801-625-4252 or lpark@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @LorettaParkSE. 

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