James Norkin is NOT John Belushi, According to Authorities Holding the Sex Offender

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Believe it or not, that is not John Belushi in the photo released by the Orange County Sheriff's Department in connection with a case involving a man who allegedly touched a teenage girl in a sexual manner aboard a bus in South County.

We stand unconvinced. Not only would one imagine Belushi wearing a golf cap like that were he still alive, but dude looks like he's about to shout, "FOOD FIGHT!"

No, no, swears the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD): that is 48-year-old James Norkin, who has been convicted of sex crimes and was required to register as a sex offender.

He'd been picked up for violating his parole Wednesday and was already back snug as a bug in a rug in his cell at Chino State Prison when the OCSD simultaneously released the photo at left and video from an Orange County Transportation Authority bus.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, three girls described as being age 15 and younger boarded the Laguna Hills-bound bus from 375 Broadway in Laguna Beach, and took a seat in the back row. The man shown in the video wearing beige slacks, a white button-up shirt and a golf cap, boarded the bus and sat down next to the girls.

He touched one girl in a sexual way, but she was too scared to let out a peep. One of her friends saw what was going on and told the man to stop. He never said a word to the girls and then got off the bus at the Laguna Hills Mall stop and walked toward the shopping center.

After the OCSD released the video and photo and they were splashed across television screens, a flood of tips came into the department. But the winner came from Norkin's parole officer, who caught the video on the news.

Norkin, who'd been busted multiple times for indecent exposure and failure to register as a sex offender, now faces new charges of child molestation, Sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino tells the Orange County Register.


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