LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- An officer with the Louisville Metro Police Department's VIPER Unit was charged Monday, accused of sending inappropriate texts to women he had arrested.
According to court records obtained by WHAS11 News Tuesday, Carl Payne was arrested Monday, April 14.
Documents allege that between March 20, 2013 and January 2, 2014 Officer Carl Payne contacted three women whom he had arrested and "propositioned each of them for sex and encouraged sexually explicit text messages and photographs from the victims in return for assisting them with court cases."
According to police, Payne arrested an unnamed female victim on March 27, 2013 and began sending her sexually explicit text messages, which allegedly included pictures of his genitals. Payne then asked the victim to do the same in return. Later, Payne allegedly told the victim to meet him at his office late at night, telling her that "if she helped him out, he could help her out."
In a separate incident in December, police said while in the backseat with a female he had arrested, Payne began typing messages on his phone, allegedly stating she was attractive and asked why she was with her boyfriend. The female's boyfriend was in the front seat of the patrol car at the time.
Once at the jail, police said Payne slipped his phone number in the victim's purse and told her to call him if she wanted to get the charges dismissed. The victim called Payne shortly after getting out of jail and Payne allegedly sent her sexually explicit text messages.
Payne had that victim's court case continued to a later date. On the same day, the victim allegedly told her attorney about Payne's sexually explicit text messages.
In a third incident, Carl Payne allegedly sent sexually explicit text messages to a woman he had arrested in April, 2013. In those messages, police said he offered to dismiss her charges.
Police said Payne's contact with the three women violated LMPD standard operating procedures and constitutes an "unauthorized exercise of official functions."
Carl Payne is charged with official misconduct.