Wednesday, April 16, 2014

KY - LMPD detective (Carl Payne) charged over dirty texts, soliciting sex

Carl Payne
Carl Payne
Original Article


By Mark Boxley

Louisville Metro Police Detective Carl Payne was charged with three counts of first-degree official misconduct Monday over allegations he propositioned three women for sex after arresting them in exchange for assisting them with their court cases, according to a Jefferson County criminal summons.

Carl Payne, 38, of Elizabethtown, was placed under investigation by the department’s Public Integrity Unit in February, the Courier-Journal previously reported.

The charges filed against him Monday allege that from March 20, 2013 to Jan. 2, 2014 Payne — a member of the department’s Violent Incident Prevention, Enforcement and Response (VIPER) Unit — contacted three women after arresting them and “propositioned each of them for sex and encouraged sexually explicit text messages and photographs from the victims in return for assisting them with court cases,” the summons said.

Payne has been on administrative reassignment since Feb. 7, LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell said.

Lt. Kit Steimle, who led the VIPER Unit, is also under investigation and has been on administrative reassignment since Feb. 24, Mitchell said.

Police have not said if the two investigations are related.

This is not the first time Payne has been under investigation with the department, according to his personnel file. On June 20, 2013, an investigation was opened after he was arrested for operating a motor vehicle under the influence in Hardin County on June 19, according to a document in his personnel file.

He was suspended without pay for 20 days from the police department. His charges became effective Oct. 3 and he was restored to police powers on November 25, 2013.

He was also reprimanded for missing four court appearances in 2007.

According to the summons, Payne arrested the first victim on March 27, 2013, and soon after contacted the woman by phone, sending her “numerous sexually explicit text messages.” During one conversation, Payne asked the woman to meet him at his office late at night, saying “if she helped him out, he could help her out,” referring to her court case, it said.

The second incident started on Dec. 11, 2013, when Payne arrested a woman and her boyfriend, according to the summons. While the boyfriend was in the front seat of Payne’s police car, he was in the back with the woman typing her messages on his phone for her to read, it said. One told her she was attractive, asked why she was with her boyfriend. Another message asked for her phone number, according to the summons.

Payne is also accused of putting his phone number in the second woman’s purse and told her to call him “so that he could help her with her court case,” the summons said. When she was released from jail she contacted him thinking he could help her, but he started sending her “explicit text messages,” the summons said.

Payne appeared in court on the woman’s case and had it continued on Dec. 15, 2013, which is when she told her attorney about his communications, it said.

Payne arrested the third woman and her boyfriend on April 25, 2013, the summons said. He started contacting her on Dec. 18, 2013, allegedly sending her explicit text messages and photos of his genitalia, it said. He also asked her to meet with him in exchange for helping her and her boyfriend with their court cases and offered to have gun and drug charges against her dismissed, the summons said.

Additional information was not immediately available from LMPD on any departmental actions against Payne stemming from Monday’s charges.


dlc said...

That mayor does not deserve to be in office. His comments on sex offenders is not consistent with the constitution of America or The State of California. These people are supposed to be shining examples of upholding the laws, not trying to impose their vision of the laws. These laws were made to equitable and fair for all of us, the citizen, the murderer, the drug addict, the alcoholic, and the sex offender alike. If you don't like the laws of this country then give up your citizenship and leave, that is one of the choices you have. However, do not ever burden the rest of society with your views of how the laws should be, instead of how they are in reality. It is becoming tiresome to fight the good fight as a sex offender only to have some person come in and decide that because you are a sex offender you do not deserve housing, a job, or even a friendship. Even after many years of having these things. The politicians and most of society are trying to force the sex offenders into doing another crime so they can "be put away for life." All we have become is fodder for the political engine. We are expendable. We should not get out of prison, we deserve to get "special circumstances" and be put to death. Do they allow law enforcement to protect us when someone uses the registry as a hit list, and kills or does great bodily injury to one of us? The answer is NO. Those people get a slap on the wrist and sent home to do it again. They are more likely to commit their crime again than the sex offender, but will society listen to the real statistics? NO. The false statistics give by the law makers, politicians and the media are the gospel. The real statistics must be wrong, incorrectly taken, skewed in some fashion. they can't be correct, they are not what the media says. What happened to doing your own research, checking the facts? I guess society has gotten lazy or just does not care. They let others do their work for them. There was a time when everybody checked out who they were voting for and why. Today people vote for people with they flashiest ads; those with the most money must make the best politician. My friend is voting for and therefore I am voting for them too. That's how these politicians, that don't deserve to be in office, get there. When will society wake up? The answer is probably never. Today, people want decisions made for them, its quick, simple, and cheap.

NJ45143112 said...

It may sound corny so I assure you that I'm not intending to denigrate the gravity of the situation written above...
However, in a 1968 episode of Star Trek (bear with me here) called "Omega Glory," the crew encounters a planet with two diametrically opposed factions (essentially, yankees and communists).
The Yangs (or, yankees) revere the Constitution (although they don't know what it is) but can't read it right so they say "I Plebnista" which sounds like Greek to me...
In any case, before the end of the episode, the Captain gets to read the Constitution and here is my point:
He says "...over the years you have slurred the meaning of 'We the People...'" He then goes on a diatribe about "...these words and the words that follow weren't written just for the yangs but for the comms (communists) as well! Not for the rich or the powerful, but for ALL THE PEOPLE!"
As stories go, this was beyond corny but, until now, I didn't recognize that what they were trying to say is that the Constitution is just as relevant today as it was when it was written. However, the meaning and purpose is no longer clear behind myriad attempts by legislators to sidestep the protections or enhance penalties and restrictions...
In essence, they have "slurred" the meaning and purpose that the "founding fathers" set out to achieve...
This is what our government has turned into: a debased and devolved group that has lost sight of the true purpose of laws and protections set down by people who knew all to well what oppression was all about (and that it could happen again)...
Thanks, Janice, for remembering and reminding that people, no matter who they are, require and are entitled to compassion and respect regardless of their actions. We are all, after all, human...