Update: Convicted rapist charged with raping teen inmate given life sentence

Arrested: Demarcus Peyton (courtesy: UPSO)
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UNION PARISH (News Release) - Update: May 3, 2016 at 5pm:
The convicted aggravated rapist charged with raping a 17-year-old Union Parish Detention Center inmate while awaiting sentencing was given a life sentence Tuesday.

Demarcus Shavez Payton, 28, of Homer, received the life sentence in 2nd Judicial District Court at Homer by Judge Tony Clayton. Payton also was sentenced to six years at hard labor for unauthorized entry into an inhabited dwelling to run concurrently with the life sentence. He was also sentenced to an additional seven years for simple escape to run consecutively, said District Attorney Danny Newell.

Newell said that Payton is also suspected in two other rapes in Claiborne Parish.

An investigator with the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office told detectives in Union Parish that Payton is facing a forcible rape trial in November in 2nd Judicial District Court.

While incarcerated at the Union Parish jail, Payton was charged with third-degree rape of the teenaged girl who had been jailed in a drunken state from the use of methamphetamine, sheriff’s investigators reported.

Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates said Monday that the investigation into the rape of a 17-year-old female inmate at the parish detention center is continuing and that further arrests are possible.

“We’ll be working closely with the district attorney and the police jury to bring about justice in this case,” Gates said.

According to the arrest affidavit, Payton even admitted after being read his Miranda rights that UPDC staff opened the isolation cell door for him to enter and again when he got ready to leave. He admitted to having had sex twice with the victim while inside the cell.

Deputies were told by the victim that she could not remember much about the incident because she was heavily under the influence of meth at that time. The detention center’s registered nurse, confirmed to detectives that the victim was still “heavily intoxicated” at the time of the rape.

The victim told detectives that at one time during the encounter, she remembered a woman guard walking up to the cell and opening the door, but did nothing. The victim said she was afraid to say anything for fear of her life.

Detectives also reported that Payton had written a letter to the victim after the rape stating that she could possibly be carrying his child. Detention center personnel had turned the letter over to the detectives.

Detectives said sheriff’s officials in Claiborne Parish told them that Peyton is known as a serial rapist.

District Attorney John Belton of the 3rd Judicial District Court said his office takes seriously any sexual assault charge.

“I have every confidence that law enforcement will thoroughly investigate this case and proceed as the investigation results require,” Belton said. “Our goal will be to bring fitting consequences to bear on any person who commits a crime of this nature.”

The Union Parish Detention Center is overseen by an operating committee composed of the police jury, the sheriff, Farmerville police and the district attorney. No employee of the sheriff’s office, Farmerville police or the district attorney’s office is involved in the day-to-day operations of the jail.
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Update: May 2, 2016 at 4:20pm:
Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates said Monday that the investigation into the rape of a 17-year-old female inmate at the parish detention center is continuing and that further arrests are possible.

“We’ll be working closely with the district attorney and the police jury to bring about justice in this case,” Gates said.

Demarcus Shavez Peyton, 28, of Homer, is a convicted rapist from Claiborne Parish who is charged in the rape. He is being held in the detention center until his scheduled sentencing Tuesday in Second Judicial District Court in Homer. He has been convicted in Claiborne Parish for aggravated rape and faces a sentence of life in prison without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.

Union Parish sheriff’s detectives have charged Peyton with third-degree rape after being allowed inside an isolation cell with the teenager after she was booked into the detention center April 19 high on methamphetamine.

According to the arrest affidavit, Peyton even admitted after being read his Miranda rights that UPDC staff opened the isolation cell door for him to enter and again when he got ready to leave. He admitted to having had sex twice with the victim while inside the cell.

Deputies were told by the victim that she could not remember much about the incident because she was heavily under the influence of meth at that time. The detention center’s registered nurse, confirmed to detectives that the victim was still “heavily intoxicated” at the time of the rape.

The victim told detectives that at one time during the encounter, she remembered a woman guard walking up to the cell and opening the door, but did nothing. The victim said she was afraid to say anything for fear of her life.

Detectives also reported that Peyton had written a letter to the victim after the rape stating that she could possibly be carrying his child. Detention center personnel had turned the letter over to the detectives.

Detectives said sheriff’s officials in Claiborne Parish told them that Peyton is known as a serial rapist and that he had been convicted of aggravated rape.

District Attorney John Belton of the Third Judicial District Court said his office takes seriously any sexual assault charge.

“I have every confidence that law enforcement will thoroughly investigate this case and proceed as the investigation results require,” Belton said. “Our goal will be to bring fitting consequences to bear on any person who commits a crime of this nature.”

The Union Parish Detention Center is overseen by an operating committee composed of the police jury, the sheriff and district attorney. No employee of the sheriff’s office or district attorney’s office is involved in the day-to-day operation of the jail.
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Original Story:
A convicted rapist from Claiborne Parish has been charged with raping a 17-year-old female inmate inside the Union Parish Detention Center while he is awaiting sentencing on Tuesday.

Union Parish sheriff’s deputies said Demarcus Shavez Peyton, 28, of Homer, has been charged with third-degree rape after being allowed inside an isolation cell with the teenager after she was booked into the detention center April 19 high on methamphetamine. The Union Parish Police Jury operates the detention center.

According to the arrest affidavit, Peyton even admitted after being read his Miranda rights that UPDC staff opened the isolation cell door for him to enter and again when he got ready to leave. He admitted to having had sex twice with the victim while inside the cell.

Deputies were told by the victim that she could not remember much about the incident because she was heavily under the influence of meth at that time. The detention center’s registered nurse, confirmed to deputies that the victim was still “heavily intoxicated” at the time of the rape.

The victim told detectives that at one time during the encounter, she remembered a woman guard walking up to the cell and opening the door, but did nothing. The victim said she was afraid to say anything for fear of her life.

Detectives also reported that Peyton had written a letter to the victim after the rape stating that she could possibly be carrying his child. Detention center personnel had turned the letter over to the detectives.

District Attorney John Belton said his office take sexual assault cases very seriously and will work closely with law enforcement during its continuing investigation.

“I have every confidence that law enforcement will thoroughly investigate this case and proceed as the investigation results require,” Belton said. “Our goal will be to bring fitting consequences to bear on any person who commits a crime of this nature.”

Sheriff’s detectives said they are continuing the investigation and that more arrests are possible.

Detectives said sheriff’s officials in Claiborne Parish told them that Peyton is known as a serial rapist and that he had been convicted of aggravated rape. The Union Parish Detention Center was holding Peyton until his Tuesday sentencing date in the Second Judicial District Court at Homer. He faces a maximum sentence of life without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

His bond in Union Parish has been set at $250,000. Peyton was booked on the additional rape count Wednesday.