Ex-WHS teacher sentenced to three years probation

Staff Report

Nicholas Vaughn will not do hard time following a police probe into his relationship with a Wellington High School student.

The former technology teacher and Dukes cross country coach was sentenced Wednesday to three years of community control. The ruling was handed down by judge Christopher Rothgery in the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas.

Under the law, Rothgery could have given a combined sentence of up to 42 months in prison and $11,000 for the two counts on which he is guilty.

Vaughn, 31, pleaded guilty in March to contributing to the delinquency of a child (a first-degree misdemeanor) and tampering with evidence (a third-degree felony).

He had originally faced a count of sexual battery but accepted a deal to reduce the charges.

As part of the deal, he agreed to give up his teaching certificate and never again seek employment as a teacher or coach.

Wellington police spent months digging through Vaughn’s electronic records after learning he may have been involved in an inappropriate way with an underage girl.

They found more than 50,000 text messages between the two dating from June to December 2014. Police chief Tim Barfield said they teacher and girl were also communicating through social media sites.

Vaughn resigned under pressure and was indicted last September by a Lorain County grand jury. He turned himself in the day after the indictment.

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