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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

[FL] Deputy Vaughn's drunken high-speed chase with kids, abduction & child abuse = NO CHARGE

...The children in the car told deputies he had beat the younger one... He said Vaughn's behavior was an "emotional overreaction fueled by alcohol" and that he had no prior record...

Former deputy avoids jail time
Tallahassee Democrat
By Julian Pecquet
February 20, 2008
A former Leon County deputy who took law enforcement on a high-speed chase down I-10 with his two children in the car won't be serving any jail time. Foy Jay Vaughn pleaded no contest Feb. 14 to three counts of felony child abuse and one count of fleeing or eluding an officer. He was sentenced to one year of community control and three years of probation. He is also required to go through mental-health treatments. "Community control amounts to jail in your home - with work release," said Assistant State Attorney Neill Wade. Vaughn had been a deputy for 12 years when his wife called law enforcement at about 3:25 a.m. on July 21 to report that he was drunk and abusive toward his 12-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter from a prior marriage. When deputies arrived, Vaughn was driving off in his SUV. He eventually pulled over at a weigh station in Madison County and surrendered peacefully. The children in the car told deputies he had beat the younger one. HE WAS FIRED THE SAME DAY after refusing to answer questions as part of an internal affairs investigation. Sgt. Rob Reisinger, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office, said NO ALCOHOL TEST WAS CONDUCTED on Vaughn. "We've remained NEUTRAL throughout," he said of the court case. Wade said the decision not to incarcerate Vaughn was made with the CONSENT OF THE CHILDREN'S MOTHER. He said Vaughn's behavior was an "emotional overreaction fueled by alcohol" and that he had no prior record. "These cases are always difficult when deciding whether to get children involved in testifying against their father," he said. "You try to punish the culprit while at the same time not making it more difficult on children."

Miscellaneous:

Deputy Jay Vaughn,
Leon County Sheriff Department

Our November Meeting Speaker, Deputy Jay Vaughn, has been with the Leon County Sheriff's Department for over 12 1/2 years. Deputy Vaughn began his career as a Dispatcher and Reserve Officer. He has experience working Uniform Patrol, Vice/Narcotics, Traffic and Traffic Homicide. Deputy Vaughn has moved up the ranks to an Instructor and Field Officer in Crime Prevention. Currently he instructs Firearms Training and Police Motorcycle Operations as well as informing the community on the risks of Identity Theft and Prevention.
Apartment C O R N E R S T O N E, CAPITAL CITY APARTMENT ASSOCIATION, November 2005 / ISSUE 179

4 comments:

  1. AnonymousJune 28, 2009

    DEPUTY - ARRESTED, CHARGED WITH ABUSE
    Bradenton Herald, The (FL) - Monday, July 23, 2007

    TALLAHASSEE --- A Leon County sheriff's deputy was arrested and fired Saturday after being charged with child abuse and leading colleagues on a high-speed pursuit with his children in the car, the sheriff's office said.

    Authorities were called to the deputy 's home at about 3 a.m. Saturday after receiving a report of domestic abuse, said Sgt. Chris Chase, spokesman for the Leon County sheriff's office.When deputies arrived on the scene, their co-worker fled with his children, Chase said.

    Chase declined to release the deputy 's name, citing an exemption in Florida's public-records laws regarding the release of information that might reveal a victim of child abuse.

    ''One of the children had been maliciously battered,'' Chase said.

    Authorities followed the man across three counties before he eventually surrendered, he said. After the man was charged, Chase said the sheriff's office started its internal investigation and quickly fired the man.

    The deputy faces charges of aggravated child abuse, two counts of child abuse, aggravated fleeing and eluding and reckless driving, Chase said. He was being held without bond in Leon County Jail on Saturday.

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  2. M. VaughnJuly 15, 2009

    "Wade said the decision not to incarcerate Vaughn was made with the CONSENT OF THE CHILDREN'S MOTHER."

    As I am the daughter spoken about in the article I can say that it was not my mother who gave consent but my current step mother at the time. My father should have been in prison. There was no reason for him to get away with what he did to my brother an I, any normal citizen would have been incarcerated immediately. Two years later I do not speak to him and still feel that he did not get what he deserved.

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  3. Hi,
    Thank you for posting that. I'm dumbfounded. Are you saying that YOUR STEPmother gave consent for him to not be jailed?

    ..Wade said the decision not to incarcerate Vaughn was made with the CONSENT OF THE CHILDREN'S MOTHER..."

    I know that's what you said, and not much surprises me anymore, but that is WIIIIILD!

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  4. I meant to put that quote in full quotes (kind of confusing), and the caps are just how I had it up in the article because it stuck out to me - I wasn't trying to RE-emphasize it.

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