A Jackson County man and his former girlfriend have been convicted of raping a 10-year-old child, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Jackson County Sheriff Tedd Frazier announced.

“There is nothing more horrid than the violation of a child,” Yost said. “Thankfully, the confining bars of prison will separate these predators from society. Kudos to Sheriff Frazier and his deputies, who diligently investigated this difficult case.”

James Norman, 34, and Shelbie Hunt, 29, both pleaded guilty Oct. 30 in the Jackson County Court of Common Pleas to three counts of rape, each a first-degree felony.

Norman was sentenced Oct. 30, and Hunt appeared for sentencing Nov. 5. Both defendants have been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison and are required to register as a sex offender for life.

Norman’s sister-in-law, Shawne Norman, also was indicted on three counts of rape after the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office investigation. Her case is ongoing. 

“This type of behavior will not be tolerated in Jackson County. We will investigate crimes against children to the fullest and prosecute predators to the maximum,” Sheriff Frazier said. “I appreciate the assistance of the Attorney General’s Office in this case.”

The Special Prosecutions Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office prosecuted the case.?