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Man admits to abusing young family member

Posted on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man on capital felony charges Monday when he turned himself in and admitted to sexually battering a family member.



Charles Robert Payne, 46, was arrested Monday and charged four counts of capital sexual battery. Under Florida law, a person 18 or over who commits sexual battery or attempts to commit sexual battery on a child under 12 years of age commits a capital felony which is punishable with a life sentence.

Payne’s address was not released to protect the identity of the victim.

Payne met with deputies at the Sheriff’s Office Monday when he wanted to admit to sexually battering a family member. He told deputies it started seven years ago when she was 6 years old while they were living in South Carolina, Sheriff’s spokesperson Twis Lizasuain said. He said it happened several more times recently when the family was living in Kissimmee and St. Cloud.

Payne said the victim and her mother reported the incident to the St. Cloud Police Department on Sunday, but he denied the allegations at the time. On Monday, he chose to turn himself in. Based on his statements, Payne was arrested and booked into the Osceola County Jail, where he was still held as of Wednesday afternoon on no bond after making his initial court appearance.

The investigation is ongoing with additional charges pending, Lizasuain said.