UPDATE: Convicted Sex Offender Back On Streets One Day After Child Molestation Arrest
by Alex Rozier, KHQ Local News Reporter - bio | email
SPOKANE, Wash. - Convicted level three sex offender Richard Payne, 55, is back on the streets just one day after her was arrested for first degree child molestation. The incident occurred last Thursday at the Northtown Mall and it included inappropriate contact with a 5 year old girl at the Bumpers Family Fun Center.
Payne posted $250,000 dollar bond and was released from the Spokane County Jail until his arraignment, set for July 5th. Judge Annette Plesse told KHQ Local News Reporter Alex Rozier that she set the bond the Prosecutors Office asked for, but because the case is ongoing, she refused to comment any further. She referred us to the Prosecutors Office, specifically Deputy Prosecutor Eugene Cruz.
We asked Cruz how did they come up with $250,000 bond for Richard Payne. Cruz said that amount is on the highest end of their bond scale, and the only time you can hold someone without a bond is in capital murder cases. Cruz said when setting bond they must weigh two things: the risk that they will flee if they get out and the suspects potential danger to the community.
Cruz said that Richard Payne has what he described as "substantial ties" to the community as he lives here and works here. When asked about his potential danger to the community, Cruz said "obviously" we felt that he (Payne) is a danger to the community.
KHQ Local News Reporter Alex Rozier asked Cruz with his hindsight 20/20 would he set a higher bond if he could now, Cruz said: "It was appropriate. It was high. It was just that he was able to make it."
If convicted, Cruz could face life in prison, but tonight, after posting bond, he is back on the streets following his arrest just yesterday for first degree child molestation.
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