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UPDATE: State Rests Case In Spokane Sex Offender Trial

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UPDATE: After the testimony of a 12-year-old girl, the state has rested its case against Richard Payne, the man police believe molested a girl at the Northtown Mall a year ago. The 12-year-old who testified was a witness for the state.

Payne is expected to testify sometime next week.

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KHQ.COM - Prosecutors called several witnesses to the stand at the Spokane County Courthouse Wednesday as the trial for Richard Payne entered its third day.

Payne is accused of reaching up a 5-year-old girls's skirt and exposing his genitals at an arcade inside the Northtown Mall in June 2012, and is facing two counts of child molestation and one count of indecent exposure.

Spokane Police Detective Jerry Hensley interviewed Payne after identifying him in security video taken in the arcade. He testified Wednesday that when he first asked Payne about it, he replied, "I don't know what you're talking about."

But when Hensley told him about the video, he changed his story:

"He said he did touch the girl on the buttocks," Hensley testified. "He added he did not go to the mall intending to touch a child it was just an opportunity that presented itself."

This isn't the first time Payne has been facing similar charges.

Also on the stand Wednesday was a girl who says Payne molested her inside a 99 cent store in Spokane in 2001, when she was just 9 years old.

Her mother testified her two children were in the store with her that day, and her daughter was looking at something in a nearby aisle. She told the court she was only out of her sight for a minute or two when she came back trembling.

"I asked her, 'What was wrong?' and she pointed to a man who was exiting a store at that time and said, 'That man touched me.'"

Payne was held by a cashier for police and the girl identified him as the man who touched her.

He was convicted in the case.

Payne has pleaded not guilty to these new charges and is expected to take the stand in his own defense next week.

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