Georgia State University police officer accused of rape

BUFORD — A Georgia State University police officer has been charged with rape in Gwinnett County.

Gwinnett County Police say 59-year-old Terry Payne, of Loganville, turned himself in at the Gwinnett Detention Center after being charged with one count each of rape, kidnapping, false imprisonment, and violation of oath of office.

A victim went to a hospital on Aug. 6 and reported being raped. Gwinnett Police officers met with her and she was interviewed by detectives. She said she met the suspect several months ago and they had agreed to go on a date the previous evening, Aug. 5.

The woman said that she remembered meeting the suspect at a restaurant in the 2600 block of Mall of Georgia Blvd. in Buford and having an alcoholic beverage but remembered nothing else until she woke up in an unfamiliar location and the suspect was raping her.

The victim was able to get to safety a short time later and went to the hospital.

Based on information obtained over the course of the investigation, police identified Payne as the suspect and detectives learned that he is currently employed as a police officer with the Georgia State University Campus Police.

If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrimeATL.com. Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. 

Case Number: GP220063819 

Reminder: Crime articles contain only charges and information from police reports and law enforcement statements. Suspects and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


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