Plaquemine chief turns himself in, bonds out

UPDATE: The Plaquemine Police Chief turned himself in Tuesday morning to the Iberville Parish jail.

He’s charged with five counts of malfeasance in office. Kenny Payne’s bond was set at $25,000, $5,000 for each malfeasance charge.

He was able to make bond after he was booked.

UWK has reached out to Payne for comment, but he has not responded.

ORIGINAL: Amid an investigation by the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, a grand jury indicted Plaquemine Police Chief Kenny Payne on five counts of malfeasance.

It comes after at least one woman alleged that Payne asked for a picture or viewing of her breasts in exchange for charges against her boyfriend to be dropped.

Sources say after Payne realized he was under investigation, he allegedly wiped his work cell phone clean, hence a possible obstruction of justice.

Since then, sources say other women have also alleged similar incidents in the past but no legal action was taken.

“This will not happen on my watch,” said Iberville Parish District Attorney Tony Clayton.

Clayton said a grand jury indicted Payne on five counts of malfeasance in office on Monday, Nov. 21st.

Payne was named as interim police chief in 2015 after former Plaquemine Police Chief Orion Gulotta’s death. He had served as the second in command under Gulotta since 2002 at Plaquemine PD. In 2016, Payne was elected as the chief. Payne was planning to run at least one more term until the allegations surfaced.

Unfiltered with Kiran did reach out to Payne for comment, but the call was not answered or returned.

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