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Paroled sex offender gets 5 years for molesting girl on bus in O.C.

January 28, 2011 |  4:52 pm

A paroled sex offender was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for molesting a 14-year-old girl as she rode on a public bus with friends, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

James Edward Norkin, 50, had earlier pleaded guilty to three felony counts of lewd acts on a child.

On parole and wearing a GPS tracking device, Norkin boarded a bus in Laguna Beach and, pretending to be asleep, began touching the 14-year-old girl, authorities said.

One of the girls asked him to stop, and he quickly got off the bus. The girl’s friend then told the bus driver what had happened.

Norkin was linked to the incident through his GPS device.

-- Nate Jackson