A $250,000 bond couldn't keep convicted sex offender Richard Payne in jail on charges he molested a 5-year-old girl at Bumpers Family Fun Center at Northtown Mall last Thursday.
Payne, 55, confessed to the crime and it was caught on surveillance video. Judge Annette Plese called him a dangerous threat to the community but, Wednesday night, he was able to post bond and was released from jail shortly after 9:30 p.m.
Conditions of his release from the Spokane County Jail include he cannot approach or communicate with the victim or anyone in her home or anyone listed as a witness; he can't go to Northtown Mall, shall not engage in sexual contact with minors under 18 and has to live at the home in the 800 Block of West Bowling.
Richard Payne is a Level III sex offender and classified as likely to re-offend, something he did by his own admission last Thursday at Northtown Mall.
In surveillance video shot at Bumpers, Payne can be clearly seen entering the arcade, scanning the area and then approaching the victim. The video then shows that Payne touched the girl's backside and then walk away just before two people walk by.
When the people have passed Payne returns, makes sure the girl's 11-year-old sister is distracted and then exposes himself to the young girl. Seconds later, he walks away casually, even looking directly at the surveillance camera.
According to court documents, Payne told police the "touching was for the purpose of fulfilling his sexual desire for children."
"It's a sex offender who is out with our general population and when these things happen and it is caught on tape it's a good reminder that these things happen and we have to be diligent with our children," Spokane Police Sergeant Steven Wohl said.
The surveillance video of the incident shows just how quick something like this can happen. Sgt. Wohl said an open dialogue between parents and kids is both key and needs to start early on.
"I think the old school adage of stranger danger, talk to them about strange situation, not to talk to people they don't know, not to go with people they don't know," Wohl said.
Payne's arraignment is set for next Thursday. He could face life in prison if convicted.