SANDY, Utah — Police have accused a University of Utah employee with raping a woman on campus on Sunday.
Lonnie Dell Norton, 49, the director of College Computing for the College of Humanities, allegedly broke into the victim’s home around 2 a.m., reports the Salt Lake Tribune. Norton reportedly threatened the victim with a gun, duct-taped her mouth and then drove her to an undisclosed building on campus and raped her. The victim is the suspect’s estranged wife, who filed for divorce last week and requested a restraining order against Norton in October, reports Deseret News.
Norton now faces charges of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault, forcible sexual abuse, aggravated sexual assault, object rape, aggravated burglary, violating a protective order and disrupting a communication device.
On Monday, the University of Utah released a statement noting that the school “has no tolerance for use of its facilities in violation of university policy or the law. University employees who commit violent acts on university property are not eligible to remain employed at the university and will be excluded from campus.”