The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.
Plaquemine’s police chief was indicted Monday on accusations he offered to get charges against a woman’s boyfriend dismissed if she performed sexual favors for him.
Kenny Payne was indicted by a grand jury on five counts of malfeasance in office, said District Attorney Tony Clayton. Court documents allege the incident occurred in April, when he asked the woman to show him her breasts and perform oral sex on him in order to get the charges dropped.
The next day, Payne ordered a lieutenant to delete text messages from the woman to the lieutenant reporting the sexual misconduct and Payne also requested Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stasi to not conduct or to cease conducting an investigation into him after the woman filed a sexual misconduct complaint against the police chief with the sheriff, the documents allege.
An additional count of malfeasance in office alleges he used a City of Plaquemine storage locker for personal use.
Payne was appointed to the police chief position in May 2015 following the death of the previous chief Orian Gulotta. Payne had served as Gulotta’s second in command since 2002.
Payne, a Republican, won a special election for the position later that year in a runoff against Oscar Mellion.
Payne was unavailable for comment Monday afternoon as to whether he would resign, but previously told Mayor Ed Reeves he had no intention of doing so, according to WAFB News.
The mayor’s office declined to comment on the matter Monday afternoon.
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