HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN) — A father and son accused of sexually abusing at least two young girls at their home appeared in court Monday afternoon for a preliminary hearing.
During the preliminary hearing, evidence is presented to determine if there is reason to bind them over for trial. On Monday that trial was scheduled for September.
Both men have been held at the Washington County jail on half a million dollars bond each.
Investigators believe Bryan Payne, 46, and his 72-year-old father Lynn Coy Payne engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with at least two different girls under the age of 12.
The father and son lived at the same Metzer, Ore., home. Sheriff’s deputies said they babysat for friends and neighbors. Kids would also go to the home, swim in their pool, and hang out. Their home, on SW Washington Drive, is not licensed through the state to provide daycare services.
Both pleaded not guilty to charges of First Degree Sexual Penetration at a court appearance July 15.
In Hillsboro Monday, a secret indictment was presented against both men — charging them with multiple counts of sex abuse against two girls. The abuse against the two victims claimed in the secret indictment occurred between 2008 and July 2013.
Investigators said they still suspect there are more victims. A day after the initial charges were announced, a Beaverton woman told KOIN 6 News the elder Payne repeatedly raped her and her sister when they were between the ages of 10 and 12 years old. The statute of limitations does not allow for either of the sisters, now grown, to file charges.
Detectives in the case are still asking anyone who may have been a victim to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.