Payne sentencing on rape charges delayed

LIMA —Sentencing for Ronald Payne on Tuesday in Allen County Common Pleas Court was rescheduled to Dec. 12

Payne, 63, is facing up to 39.5 years in prison on rape and other charges.

Ronald Payne pleaded guilty Oct. 12 to attempted rape, a second-degree felony; four counts of gross sexual imposition, each a third-degree felony; one count of gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony; and 10 counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance, a fifth-degree felony. As part of the plea deal, 47 other counts were dismissed.

The crimes occurred between Jan. 1, 2014, and Jan. 27, 2015. One of the victims was a 12-year-old girl when the crimes began, and the other was a 15-year-old girl.

The illegal use of a minor charges accuse Payne of obtaining child pornography on his phone, transferring it to his computer and saving the files.

The children were not related to Payne. They were acquaintances.

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