Ex-Assemblyman Chris Norby arrested in alleged domestic violence

Chris Norby in 2008, when he was an Orange County supervisor.
(Marc Martin / Los Angeles Times)

Former state Assemblyman Chris Norby was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of domestic violence and child endangerment, Fullerton police said.

Officers were sent to the 2800 block of Puente Street in Fullerton a little after noon on Wednesday, said Sgt. Jeff Stuart.

“The officers believed there was probable cause to make an arrest based on the allegations that were made,” Stuart said.

He said state law prohibited him from releasing more information about the alleged victims involved in the incident. But he said the domestic violence charge would involve someone in a current or former relationship with Norby.

Norby was arrested and booked at the Fullerton Police Department’s jail and released on $10,000 bond, Stuart said.


Norby, who represented parts of North Orange County during his time in the state legislature is also a former longtime Orange County supervisor and was mayor of Fullerton.

He was investigated in 2010 after a deliveryman called police to say he overheard an argument between Norby and his fourth wife, Martha Norby.

Martha Norby told officers that her husband had pushed her, police told The Times in 2010. Norby denied the allegation, telling The Times that he and his wife had been arguing but that “it was purely verbal.”

The district attorney declined to file criminal charges against him in that case, saying there was insufficient evidence.

The current case against Norby will be forwarded to the district attorney’s office, where prosecutors will decide whether to file charges, Stuart said.

He is expected to appear in court March 19.

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