Former Seminole County High School Teacher Sentenced To 27 Years On Federal Child Exploitation Charges
Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Paul G. Byron has sentenced Gregory A. Vaughn (59, Seminole County) to 27 years in federal prison for enticement of a minor and production of child pornography. He received a concurrent sentence of 20 years' imprisonment for receiving child pornography. Vaughn must serve a life term of supervision following his release and register as a sex offender. The Court also ordered Vaughn to pay $7,500 in restitution.
According to court records, during a span of two years, Vaughn groomed and persuaded a minor to produce and send him explicit images. He informed the girl that he wanted to pay for the pictures, and he structured a pay chart for the types of photos she should take and send to him. Vaughn mailed the girl money, books, candy, clothes, underwear, and makeup in exchange for the pictures she had sent to him.
Vaughn’s cellphone and computer were searched pursuant to a state search warrant and agents were able to recover images of the victim and other children from his computer. Agents also interviewed another victim, who also had been groomed and enticed into producing child pornography by Vaughn.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ilianys Rivera Miranda.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.