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Convicted Sex Offender Accused Again
posted (August 15, 2012)
43 year-old Patrick Payne, a resident of Ladyville village is at prison tonight after he was accused of indecent assault against a 16 year-old female minor.

The victim reported to police that on August 13, while she was asleep, she felt someone fondling her. She woke up and allegedly caught Payne in the act.

Police arrested Payne, charged him with aggravated assault of an indecent nature, and took him before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith today.

Due to the strength of the submissions from the prosecutor, Payne was remanded to prison until September 18, his next court date.

It is important to note that 2004, Payne was convicted of a similar offence, and according to the prosecutor, the circumstances were very near identical to this new allegation. He was sentenced to 3 years in prison for that conviction.

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