A Tennessee man was indicted in a Logan County Grand Jury July 14, 2017, on 15 counts of sexual misconduct involving a 12-year-old juvenile. The Grand Jury delivered a True Bill on all counts the Commonwealth presented.
Andrew R. Payne, 36, of 113 Robin Drive, Portland, Tenn., was arrested on May 4, 2017, and charged with indecent exposure, 1st degree prohibited use of electronic communications systems to procure minor/peace off re: sex offenses, and distribution obscene matter to minors.
The Logan County Grand Jury indicted Payne on seven counts of first degree indecent exposure between March 26-27, 2017, when he knowingly, unlawfully and intentionally exposed his genitals under circumstances in which he knows or should know that his conduct is likely to cause affront or alarm to a person under 18-years of age, when he exposed a nude photo of himself to a 12-year-old juvenile.
The Logan County Grand Jury indicted Payne on seven counts of distribution of obscene matter to minors between March 26-27, 2017, when knowing a person to be a minor, or having possession of such facts that he should reasonably know that such a person is a minor, and with the knowledge and content and character of the material, knowingly sent or caused to be sent, or offered to distribute obscene material to a minor when he sent a nude photo of himself to a 12-year-old juvenile.
The Logan County Grand Jury indicted Payne on one count of prohibited use of an electronic communications system to procure a minor referenced sexual offense between March 26-27, 2017, when he knowingly and unlawfully used a communications system including computers, computer networks, computer bulletin boards, cellular phones, or any other electronic means for the purpose of procuring or promoting the use of a minor in sexual activity or other prohibited activities when he used Facebook Messenger to send nude photos of himself and sexually explicit statements and requests to a 12-year-old juvenile to procure sexual acts from the juvenile.
The function of the Grand Jury is to determine whether there is sufficient competent evidence to believe that a crime has been committed by a specific individual. This does not mean those individuals are guilty of a crime. The innocence or guilt is finally determined by a petit jury at trial.
Ms. Guiling and Mr. Crocker would like to take the time and thank the individuals serving on the Grand Jury and for their taking time from their busy schedules in order to perform their duties on the Grand Jury for the citizens of Logan County. The grand jurors’ employers are to be commended in allowing them to serve in this capacity.
Note: Names and charges are supplied by the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney to the news media after the Grand Jury returns the indictment in open court to the Circuit Judge; they are of public record at the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. The specific identity of the person indicted is included in the original or amended indictment.
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