Borger man sentenced to 15 years in child sexual assault plea

Aaron Dale Payne
Tim Howsare

A 34-year-old Borger man was sentenced on July 22 in the 316th Judicial District to 15 years in prison for three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under the age of 14.
Aaron Dale Payne was being held at the Hutchinson County Jail on Monday until his transfer to a state correctional facility, a jail official said.
The judgment on plea of guilty and order of confinement was signed by District Judge James M. Mosley.
Payne was indicted by a Hutchinson County grand jury on May 31, 2018, for offenses that occurred on Jan. 7, 2018, Aug. 15, 2016, and Oct. 1, 2014, according to court documents. The three assaults were on the same victim, court records indicate.
The indictments were based on the testimony of the Borger Police Department, according to court documents.
Payne was 32 years old at the time of his arrest and has previous criminal charges. In January 2000, he was charged on two counts of burglary of a building and in October 2004 he was charged on one count of burglary of a building, according to online court documents.
In August 2004, Payne was charged with criminal trespass and in January 2005 was charged with failure to appear, according to online court documents.
Last Monday, Payne pleaded guilty to all three of the sexual assault charges, which are first-degree felonies.
According to court documents, Payne and his attorney, John Talley, and the attorneys for the state agreed in writing to waive a jury trial.
Mark W. Snider was the district attorney and Erin Lands was the assistant district attorney.
The maximum sentence in Texas for a first-degree felony is 99 years in prison and the minimum is 15 years. Defendants also can be fined up to $10,000, according to the state statute.
Payne did not receive a fine and was given credit for 47 days of back time for his jail detention, according to court documents.
On his Facebook page, Payne states that he attended Sanford-Fritch High School and works as a heavy mechanic/structural welder at Centerra, a defense company headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Many of his posts have religious connotations. His Jan. 10, 2018, post states: “Children are like arrows in the hand of God, the archer. Parents are the bow through which God shoots the arrow. Impartation of blessing is the power in the bow string to launch the arrow. Bless your children today!”
His most recent post was on Jan. 15, 2018, seven days after the Jan. 7, 2018, offense to which he pleaded guilty last week.