On November 3, 2018, YCSO issued a media release regarding a missing/endangered runaway identified as Sarah Smith, age 15, from Cordes Lakes. Deputies traced several leads to a location in Mayer where they confirmed Smith had stayed overnight with 18-year-old Zachary Norman from Mayer. When deputies arrived, both were gone and additional information indicated they could be staying at a residence on Wagon Wheel Road in the Juniper Woods subdivision of Ash Fork. Deputies were immediately dispatched to the location and found Smith and Norman. Both were brought back to the Prescott area. Norman admitted knowing Smith was a reported runaway. His mother told deputies she briefly spoke with her son when she found out Smith was missing knowing he had seen her. He refused to cooperate and provide information on Smith’s whereabouts and condition. Norman then blocked further text and phone messages from his mother.
As follow-up continued, deputies learned Norman was under investigation for Sexual Conduct with a minor in an unrelated October 2018 case. An additional suspect in the case was identified as 18-year-old Marilyn Rivera from Mayer. In the October case, Norman and Rivera were involved in a sexual encounter with a 15-year-old male that occurred inside an abandoned building in Mayer.
Based on the circumstances in the October incident, Norman was arrested and charged with Luring a Minor for Sexual Exploitation, and Sexual Conduct with a Minor. Regarding the situation with runaway Smith, Norman was charged with Custodial Interference for sheltering a known runaway. He remains in-custody on a $2500 bond.
Rivera was located the following day and booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on the same charges as Norman for her involvement in the October incident with a 15-year-old. Bond has not been set as of today and she remains in-custody.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov.