An E. Irvine Street man was arrested Monday by Richmond Police and accused of inappropriately touching a teenage girl.

Charles Peyton, 62, is being charged with first-degree sexual abuse in a November case involving a 14-year-old, according to Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock.

“The investigation was initiated on Nov. 27 after an adult relative of the juvenile victim reported to police that Peyton had engaged in inappropriate touching (of the girl) while giving the child a ride home,” Brock said.

Peyton was interviewed Dec. 12 at the Richmond police station and was later charged with the crime and taken to the Madison County Detention Center.

Police are also looking into a report that Peyton was involved in a similar crime involving another 14-year-old female in 1998, Brock said.

A bond for Peyton had not been set Monday afternoon.

Anyone with information about the suspect, these crimes, or similar crimes are asked to call the Richmond Police Department at 624-4776 or 623-1162. Det. Eric Long has been assigned to the case.

In other crimes

• The owner of the Super 7 motel, Northgate Drive, reported Dec. 10 that a 25-inch Zenith television and a General Electric mini-refrigerator had been taken from a room after the guest had checked out of the motel. The estimated loss is $450.                                                                            

• A complainant reported Dec. 10  three cords of oak wood he had stacked on the corner of Boggs Lane and Big Hill Avenue were stolen during the day. The estimated loss is $300.

• A patron of Kroger reported Dec. 9 that while she was transferring goods from a shopping cart to her vehicle, a white male approached and grabbed her purse from the shopping cart. He fled in a green Dodge pickup truck, according to the police report.

The black purse contained a beige wallet with about $50 in cash, credit cards, personal checks, keys and other personal identification documents. The estimated loss is $90.                                                                        

• A resident in the 400 block of S. Poplar Street reported Dec. 9 that a Compaq Presario laptop computer had been stolen from his residence that morning. The estimated loss is $500.


• Police arrested Cassandra J. Hill, 25, Dec. 10 after being summoned to the 300 block of N. First Street to investigate a criminal mischief complaint.

“Upon arrival, the owner of the property reported that a freshly poured concrete driveway at the residence had been damaged by someone who had written their name in the wet cement,” Brock said.

Based on the name written in the concrete, officers identified Hill, a nearby resident, as a suspect. She was contacted and interviewed by the investigating officer, and charged with first-degree criminal mischief and taken to the Madison County Detention Center. The estimated damage is between $1,500 to $2,000.

• Police arrested Jennifer R. Murrell, 31, Dec. 9 after responding to a dispute relating to the theft of medication in the Dixie Plaza Mobile Home Park. Upon arrival, officers met with the residents who had been engaged in an argument concerning missing medication.

Officers searched Murrell’s purse and discovered three methadone pills, two Klonopin pills and a short straw commonly used for ingesting drugs. It was undetermined if the pills were part of the medications that allegedly were stolen.

She was taken to the Madison County Detention Center and charged with first- and third-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call the Richmond Police Department at 623-1162.

Ronica Shannon can be reached at or 624-6608.

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