Accused Northtown Mall child molester testifies

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 7, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 7 at 6:42 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Level-three child molester Richard Payne took the stand in his own defense Monday. He is accused of molesting a young girl at NorthTown Mall in Spokane.

Authorities said Payne, 55, approached a five-year-old girl on June 21, 2012 in the former arcade area of the mall. He approached her and her eleven-year-old sister and fondled the five-year-olds backside according to law enforcement. Court documents stated that the eleven year old witnessed him exposing his genitals a few minutes later to the five-year-old and began rubbing her backside and upper thighs.  Police said the girls ran away and told their mom.

On the stand Monday, Payne denied touching anyone at the arcade. Payne said he went to the Northtown Mall arcade to kill time.

Detectives seized security video from the mall and confirmed the girl’s allegations. Authorities recognized Payne from the video and arrested him.

"I'm 56, I have a fairly large stomach and it pushed up my shirt sometimes and my stomach folds over. I was just making sure I'm together I guess, " said Payne.


Payne said two detectives showed up at his house the day after he was at the arcade. He said one of the detectives had his hand on his gun during his interrogation and Payne said he felt trapped by the detectives.

Detectives said Payne admitted he touched a girl when his girlfriend arrived home.
Payne claims he was so intimidated by police that he would have agreed with everything they said.

“I probably would have admitted to eating dog food,” said Payne.

Payne pleaded not guilty to two counts of child molestation, and one count of incident exposure.

Detectives said Payne is a dangerous man and a repeat sexual offender who could strike again.

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