Commonwealth v. Norman Francis Karn IV; 18 Years to Serve for Sexual Assault

Monday, December 05, 2011

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Norman Francis Karn IV, 36 years old, previously residing in the 1000 block of Old Dam Neck Road in Virginia Beach, pled guilty before Circuit Court Judge Les L. Lilley to charges of Rape and Object Sexual Penetration.  Judge Lilley accepted the plea agreement and sentenced Karn to 30 years in the Department of Corrections with 12 years suspended, leaving Karn 18 years to serve.  Upon his release from the penitentiary, Karn must register as a violent sex offender and will be placed on indeterminate supervised probation. 


The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on July 16, 2010, Norman Francis Karn IV went to the home of the female victim, who was known to him. Karn sexually assaulted the victim at knifepoint for over three hours while her children played in a room downstairs.  Her neck was cut multiple times and her clothes were ripped. The victim reported the assault to the Virginia Beach Police Department and Karn was immediately apprehended.


Karn’s prior record includes convictions for Grand Larceny, Possession of Burglary Tools, Eluding Police, Possession of Cocaine, two (2) counts each of Forgery of a Public Record and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and three (3) Driving Under the Influence offenses. 


Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott M. Lang and Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Elizabeth M. Bradley prosecuted the case.  Please call Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.​