Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Robert Jesse Payan - Repeat SEx Offender - Phoenix Child Predator

Phoenix police have released the booking photo of the man arrested in connection with some of the sexual attacks or attempted attacks on girls in west-central Phoenix.

Robert Jesse Payan, 28, had been under surveillance since Wednesday and was taken into custody Sunday night at his central Phoenix apartment complex.

Phoenix police arrested Payan in connection with as many as 11 incidents, with girls involved in three of the cases identifying Payan from photo lineups, court documents indicated.

Payan was booked into Maricopa County jail on multiple counts of kidnapping, molestation, sexual abuse and public sexual indecency.

This was not Payan's first involvement with law enforcement.Since 2000, Payan has had at least nine incidents with Valley law enforcement. Of those, seven were traffic violations in six cities, one citation for unlawful paintball in a park and false reporting, and the most extensive in 2002 in Glendale for indecent exposure.

Police said that Payan was arrested and convicted after exposing himself to a pair of female Glendale High School students.

Court documents said the incident involved two 15-year-olds who were walking along the street. "The defendant drove up to them, said that they looked nice, and when told their age by them, said that age doesn't matter," the document said. "He then stopped his car as they tried to walk away and got out and followed them."

Payan exposed himself and took off in his vehicle, the court document said.

Payan was sentenced to 30 days in jail, 36 months probation and was ordered to complete sex offender counseling.

Here is a complete list of 2008 cases police have been examining:

  • Jan. 5
    1900 block of E. Osborn Road

    The victims, two 12-year-old girls, were playing outside in a common area of an apartment complex when the man approached them, spoke briefly to the victims, then abused them by touching them, police said.

  • March 11
    2500 block of W. Glenrosa Ave.

    The victims, two girls, ages 7 and 10, were in the parking lot of an apartment complex when the man approached them, grabbed and abused both of them, police said.

  • April 14
    1600 block of N. 26th Place

    Man approached an 11-year-old girl, police said. The victim ran away from the man who chased and touched her, abusing the victim, police said.

  • April 21
    2100 block of W. Turney Ave.

    Man approached a 9-year-old girl in her apartment complex police said. He fondled her through her clothing, abusing the victim, police said.

  • June 11
    2200 block of W. Campbell Ave.

    Man grabbed a 12-year-old girl as she was walking through her apartment complex, police said. While holding her, the man fondled the victim by touching her, abusing the victim, police said.

  • June 30
    2500 block of W. Glenrosa Ave.

    Man grabbed an 11-year-old girl from behind as she was walking through her apartment complex, abusing the victim, police said.

  • July 12
    4100 block of W. Osborn Road

    A 9-year-old girl was outside her apartment when the man approached and abused her, police said.

  • July 13
    2200 block of W. Glenrosa Ave.

    A 17-year-old girl was walking to her condo and was grabbed from behind by the man, police said. He placed his hand over the victim's mouth, but she was able to scream and the man ran away, police said.

  • July 16
    5100 block of N 22nd Ave.

    A 10-year-old girl was playing with a group of other juveniles when a man approached the victim, grabbed her and abused her, police said.

  • July 22
    2300 block of W. Glenrosa Ave.

    A man walked up to a 13-year-old girl and spoke with her, police said. The man ran to a car and drove out of the neighborhood. No crime was committed during this incident, police said.

  • "25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
    .........Sarah Tofte

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