Former Seminole County High School Teacher Pleads Guilty to Enticement of a Minor and Production of Child Pornography
ORLANDO, FL—United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Gregory A. Vaughn (58, Seminole County) has pleaded guilty to enticement of a minor, and production and receipt of child pornography. He faces 10 years, up to life, in prison, for the enticement charge; a minimum mandatory penalty of 15 years, up to 30 years, for the production charge; and five years, up to 20 years, in federal prison for the receipt charge. His sentencing hearing has been set for December 11, 2015.
According to court documents, during a span of two years, Vaughn groomed and persuaded a minor to produce and send him images depicting child pornography. He informed the girl that he wanted to pay for the pictures, and he structured a pay chart for the types of photographs 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 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 is being 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.