Former Brenham Employee Pleads Guilty to Solicitation

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He used to serve the city of Brenham. Now, John David Payne will serve time.

Back in 2005, Payne was arrested in Bastrop, accused of soliciting sex from a child over the internet. After a guilty plea Friday, the 28-year-old was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

That sentence will run concurrent to another charge in Bastrop County. Payne agreed to plead guilty on attempted sexual performance by a child.

The state Cyber Crimes Unit made the arrest on the first charge. Since 2002, more than 500 arrests have been made by the team.

Payne was an employee at Brenham's water department.