« Continue Browsing

e-mail article Print     e-mail article E-mail

Published May 03 2012

Judge reduces distance in Norberg no-contact order

FARGO – The judge presiding over the case of a Fargo doctor accused of drugging and sexually assaulting his wife has shortened the distance required by a no-contact order from 300 yards to 100 yards, and clarified custody and visitation issues regarding their children.

In an amended order filed in Cass County District Court, Judge Douglas Herman also added a condition that Jon Norberg can’t come within 100 yards of the family’s Rose Creek home occupied by his estranged wife, Alonna Norberg.

Jon Norberg’s attorney, Bob Hoy, said the “real significance” of the order is that it provides that his client is entitled to custody, visitation and parenting time in accordance with an order issued by Judge Steven Marquart, who is presiding over the Norbergs’ divorce case.

Last week, Marquart set up an alternating weekly visitation schedule that bans Alonna Norberg from attending the children’s functions when it is Jon Norberg’s parenting time, and vice-versa. However, the order allows for exceptions if the parties agree.

Herman’s amended order, filed Wednesday, recognizes that flexibility, which means if the husband and wife agree, both can attend the same event. Jon Norberg earlier complained that he missed his daughter’s first communion because of the no-contact order.

Assistant State’s Attorney Gary Euren, who is prosecuting the criminal case, said 100 yards is “still a fair distance,” and the house condition “is a little more added protection” for Alonna Norberg.

“There’s nothing there that is any kind of a huge objection at all,” he said of the amended order. “And as far as Alonna, I think it still provides her the adequate protection.”

Jon Norberg is charged with Class AA felony gross sexual imposition and felony reckless endangerment for allegedly drugging his wife with the powerful sedative propofol and raping her in their home. He refutes the rape allegation and says he gave her the drug with her consent, which she denies.

A jury trial is set for Aug. 28.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528

Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send a letter to the editor.