Internal leaks, including as high up as the 8th floor at the Hall of Justice, involving the scandal that rocked the LASD executive staff and the criminal investigation of one of Sheriff Luna’s commanding officers, continues to actively provide details as this startling case unfolds.
On September 14th, 2023, The Current Report broke the story of Charles Norris IV, Acting Commander of the Special Operations Bureau, who was relieved of duty pending a criminal investigation on September 11th.
Speculation of why the cover-up continues is that Norris was one of Luna’s first promotions as Sheriff, and is attempting to save face as one of his closest subordinates was allegedly caught entering a known human trafficking location with the intention of having sex with a juvenile male.
Norris was allegedly detained September 9th, however, sources say at the time of detention, no illegal acts could be proven. Norris allegedly used multiple LASD county issued vehicles to travel to the trafficking location and was being tracked for almost two months prior. An undercover detective posed as the juvenile male communicating with Norris online according to sources.
Original reports from department sources as high as the executive level, told The Current Report Norris was allegedly meeting a juvenile male approximately 12-14 years in age for sex, and believe he may have been tipped off by a member of the Special Victims Bureau.
Norris was allegedly caught going in to the known trafficking location, with a specific brand of water bottle that allows the pedophile to gain entrance. Sources confirm the trafficking pad was located in LAPD jurisdiction.
Department sources revealed Norris’s Stevenson Ranch home was raided on September 11th, by LASD Internal Criminal Investigation Bureau (ICIB). Items allegedly found included the specific brand of water bottle that allowed him entrance to the trafficking pad and child pornography, which was found on his home computer, among other evidence.
A high ranking source close to the case revealed the FBI was asked to take over due to the evidence found at Norris’s home are generally prosecuted under federal statutes, which may explain why there is no record of his arrest
The Current Report reached out to Communications Director Nicole Nishida multiple times to confirm details of the case.
Nishida did not respond to our request for comment.