Vermont man arrested in Lebanon sting operation


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Detectives posed as a 15-year-old girl online

LEBANON, NH - A suspected child predator who was under active investigation by the Department of Homeland Security, the Portsmouth Police Department, and the Vermont Attorney General's Office has been arrested this week in a sting operation, Lebanon Police announced Thursday.

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    Joseph Norko, 51, of St. Johnsbury, Vermont showed up at a residence in Lebanon for what he allegedly expected was going to be a sexual encounter with what he thought was a 15-year-old girl whom he had been having inappropriate conversations with over social media, according to police.

    Norko is being held at the Grafton County House of Corrections and is due in Grafton Superior Court on Friday for arraignment on charges of attempted felonious sexual assault and prohibited uses of a computer, which is also a felony in New Hampshire.    

    All of the agencies that Lebanon Police credited with helping them in their investigations targeting individuals looking to victimize children over social media are affiliates of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. 

Joseph Norko, 51, of St. Johnsbury, Vermont is facing felony charges in New Hampshire

Vermont News can be contacted at vermontnews802@gmail.com

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