Darrell Payne sexually assaults woman in tent, says she came in his tent to “Get warm”

Darrell Payne sexually assaults woman in tent, says she came in his tent to “Get warm”

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52-year-old Darrell Payne inappropriately touched a female on April 21st. She alerted the authorities, advising them she went to Payne’s tent to hang out. She stated this is where Payne put his hands up her shirt, groping her breasts, to which she told him to stop. Then, Payne put his hands down her pants and rubbed her vagina over her underwear. In response to this, she pushed Payne away and left the tent. Officers then Mirandized Payne, under which he stated she came to his tent to “get warm” and that she got in his bed for that purpose. He added that any “contact with her intimate parts” was accidental. Payne told officers that he thought of her as a daughter and would never “sexually assault” her. He later disclosed that he is on the sex offender registry due to similar allegations. Officers conducted a follow-up and discovered he had pleaded guilty to a domestic abuse-related sexual battery in Rutherford County. Payne was taken into custody for sexual battery on May 2nd.

Darrell Payne (MNPD)
Darrell Payne (MNPD)

Darrell W Payne was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail on May 2nd, charged with sexual battery. A judicial commissioner set his bond at $5,000.

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