Rock Springs Man Convicted of Sex Crimes

sweetwater-county-sheriff-3A Rock Springs man described by authorities as a serial rapist and “one of the most dangerous men this court will ever have to deal with” was sentenced to lengthy multiple prison sentences in Green River Friday.  58-year old James Joe Nordwall received seven separate 45-50 year prison sentences from Judge Richard Lavery in District Court in Green River on four counts of First Degree Rape and three counts of Sexual Assault in the First Degree for crimes extending as far back as the early 1970s.  The charges involved four female victims, two of which were children age 12-14 at the time, and two women in their 30s.  Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell said county detectives began their investigation in 2013, when it was discovered that Nordwall, who pleaded no contest in District Court in Green River to Second Degree Sexual Assault in August of 1994 and received a sentence of three to five years in the Wyoming State Penitentiary, had not registered as a sex offender upon his release.  Investigators discovered the existence and identities of sexual assault and rape victims of Nordwall’s from 1971, 1973, 1989, and 1992, filed charges with the Sweetwater County Attorney’s Office, and arrested Nordwall on August 19th.  After a four-day jury trial, Nordwall was found guilty on March 13th.  He was given credit for 347 days already served at the Sweetwater County Detention Center.

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