Crime

Band director out for year after arrest

A West Jessamine County High School band director who was cited Wednesday for loitering for the purpose of prostitution will not return for the remainder of the school year, according to a statement released by the district.

The statement released by Jessamine County Superintendent Lu Young also said the district has launched an internal investigation in response to the allegations against Rex Payton, who has been band director at the high school for about three years. Young said they hope to have the investigation wrapped up within 10 school days.

"In the meantime, Mr. Payton will not be returning to his position at West High for the remainder of the school year," the release says. "We are currently working with school administrators and band parents to successfully complete the year."

Citing school policy, Young said, the district "will not be able to release any further information on the matter until I have reported the results of the investigation to the school board."

Payton, who lives on Buckingham Lane in Lexington, did not answer phone calls to his residence.

Investigators say Payton, 37, was arrested at 3:25 a.m. Wednesday after police observed a suspicious vehicle in Lexington's Applebee's Park parking lot. Officers stopped the car at Morrison Avenue and Broadway to investigate, Lexington police officer Mark Thomas said.

Payton, who was driving, and a woman with him, Theresa Ann Brown, 28, of Lexington, did not know each other's names and had conflicting stories; based on that and other statements, police deduced they were loitering for the purpose of prostitution, Thomas said. Both were cited, he said.

During the stop, police learned there was an outstanding warrant for Payton for failing to appear in court on a previous vehicle no-insurance citation, and Payton was arrested, Thomas said

He is scheduled to appear in court on the loitering charge at 1 p.m. June 25.

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