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St. Pete man accused of giving teen girl drugs for sex

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Police: Man, 44, gave teen girl drugs for sex

A 44-year-old St. Petersburg man known as "Wizard" was arrested Monday on charges that he paid an underage girl drugs in exchange for sex and downloaded child pornography to his computer.

The charges against Paul Raymond Payne include 19 counts of possession of child pornography, lewd and lascivious battery and unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

In March 2012, a 17-year-old girl arrested on drug charges told police Payne had given her the drugs. Police said the drugs for sex arrangement had started in 2009 — when the girl was 14.

Police said they searched Payne's cellphone and computer and found child porn images.

But technical glitches, and the fact that the girl Payne paid for sex left the state without providing needed detail, delayed charges, police said. Payne was arrested after the girl returned and talked more with police.

Payne remained in the Pinellas County Jail on Tuesday in lieu of $230,000 bail.

St. Pete man accused of giving teen girl drugs for sex 10/29/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 11:46pm]

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