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*Pittsburg Man Charged With Sexually Assaulting Two Teenage Girls

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Prosecutors filed charges this afternoon against a Pittsburg man accused of sexually assaulting two teenage girls, Deputy District Attorney Dara Cashman said.Chevelle Payne, 29, has been charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a minor age 14 or 15, one of which was allegedly done by force. He has also been charged with statutory rape and two counts of oral copulation with a person under 18, Cashman said.In a press release issued earlier today, Antioch police alleged that Payne had approached one of the victims in a black Ford Mustang as she was walking on Mahogany Way at Contra Loma Park at about 8 p.m. on Jan. 21.He allegedly abducted the girl and took her to a motel, where he allegedly kept her against her will and raped her, police said.The girl allegedly escaped the following day and called police. Investigators identified Payne as a suspect and learned he had two prior arrests for similar crimes, police said. Investigators served a search warrant at Payne’s house of record in Pittsburg on Thursday, but he reportedly no longer lived there. Family members later convinced him to turn himself in to police.While investigators were questioning him about the Jan. 21 incident, Payne allegedly confessed to a 2005 sexual assault against a minor, police said.Payne was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and rape, but Cashman said there is not enough evidence to support kidnapping or rape charges at this time.Payne remained in custody at the Martinez Detention Facility this afternoon. His bail is set at $700,000, according to a county jail official. He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.

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