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Forum staff reports, Published November 06 2012

Jury set in Norberg sex assault trial, openings set for Wednesday morning

FARGO – A jury was seated Tuesday in the trial of Fargo surgeon Jon Norberg, who is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting his wife.

Attorneys will present their opening arguments Wednesday morning to the panel of 12 jurors and two alternates in Cass County District Court.

Of the 14 jurors, nine are men and five are women.

Norberg, an orthopedic surgeon whose medical license was suspended indefinitely last January, is charged with gross sexual imposition – a Class AA felony carrying up to life in prison – and reckless endangerment for allegedly giving his wife, Alonna Norberg, the powerful sedative propofol and engaging in sexual acts with her while she was unaware.

The reckless endangerment charge is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Judge Douglas Herman has said the trial could last until Thanksgiving.

Though The Forum does not usually identify alleged victims of sexual assaults, Alonna Norberg, who is also a doctor, consented to be named to contest her husband’s claims that she gave him permission to use propofol on her and that he never sexually abused her.