Forsyth Co. man accused of sexual offenses involving children

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James Richard Payne, 71, of 7205 Franklin Road in Lewisville.

LEWISVILLE, N.C. — Officials said a man accused of sexual offenses involving four children was arrested Tuesday at his home in Forsyth County.

James Richard Payne, 71, of 7205 Franklin Road in Lewisville, was charged with 12 counts of indecent liberties with a minor, authorities said.

Deputies with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said they launched an investigation after receiving complaints in November and December of 2011.

Payne was placed in the Forsyth County Detention Center under a $500,000 secured bond and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 7.

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