86-Year-Old Man Charged For Sex Crimes Against 13-Year-Old Girl

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Alfred Edward Payne, 86, of Gastonia, North Carolina, has been charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a child for an incident involving a 13-year-old girl.

The incident occurred on March 30 at the Fern Forest Apartments, according to arrest records.

Although Payne lived close to his victim, the two are not related. Police would not release details about the case or explain how Payne knew the victim.

On the day of his arrest, Payne posted a $100,000 secured bond.

According to Onecle, in North Carolina, indecent liberties with a child means someone “willfully takes or attempts to take any immoral, improper, or indecent liberties with any child of either sex under the age of 16 years for the purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire,” or the offender “willfully commits or attempts to commit any lewd or lascivious act upon or with the body or any part or member of the body of any child of either sex under the age of 16 years.”

Both of Payne’s charges are felonies.

Sources: NY Daily News, Gaston Gazette, Onecle / Image via NY Daily News

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