Crime

Charges against West Jessamine band director dropped

A charge against a West Jessamine County High School band director has been dismissed without prejudice, according to a Fayette District Court clerk.

Rex Payton, 37, was cited in May for loitering for the purpose of prostitution, a misdemeanor, and he was suspended for the remainder of the school year.

The charge against Payton was dropped Tuesday.

Jessamine County Superintendant Lu Young could not be reached for comment regarding Payton's employment status.

A Lexington police officer saw a suspicious vehicle in the Applebee's Park parking lot about 3:25 a.m. May 20. Police stopped the vehicle at Morrison Avenue and Broadway.

Payton was driving, and a woman was in the car with him. Police said the two did not know each other's names and had conflicting stories.

Payton had served about three years as band director at the high school.

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