Brandi Lynn Vaughn a Kentucky teacher has been jailed one year after having had sex with a 16 year old student in a plea deal which saw charges dismissed.
Brandi Lynn Vaughn a married Richmond, Kentucky high school teacher was on Friday sentenced to jail after seducing one of her students and having sex with the boy during the summer break.
The teacher’s incarceration, comes after Brandi Vaughn formerly known as Brandi Whittaker was accused of rape, sexual abuse and sodomy notes the richmondregister.
Charges against the 25 year old woman resulted after the former science teacher had sex with her 16 year old victim at Fort Boonesborough State Park in June and at her home in July 2015.
Initial charges against the teacher included six class D felony charges, including two counts of first-degree sexual abuse; two counts of third-degree sodomy; one count of third-degree rape and one count of evidence tampering.
The Class D felony is punishable by one to five years in prison.
Despite the severity of the charges, Vaughn’s defense lawyer was able to negotiate a plea bargain, after the high school teacher in November, admitted to one count of using an electronic device to induce a minor to engage in sexual activities.
In exchange for a lesser charges against Vaughn, the teacher was sentenced to just one year in jail. Of note, Vaughn will be eligible for parole after serving 20 percent of her term.
Told Sgt. Jake Reed of Berea Police at the time of Vaughn’s arrest via wkyt, ‘You’re talking about an adult and a child, and she has a position of authority over this child. She’s his teacher. So obviously anything like this we take very seriously,’
Adding: ‘It’s a sad situation for everybody involved. It’s unfortunate but these things do happen sometimes.’
Vaughan had started teaching at Madison Southern High School at the beginning of the 2015/15 school year.
According to her LinkedIn profile, she was once a youth program volunteer for the Berea Baptist Church.
And social media posts shows the church hosted a wedding shower for her in March 2013.
However, the teacher, who taught biology as well as anatomy and physiology, was arrested in August 2015.
The Richmond Register reports the teacher confessed to investigators to having sex with the then-16-year-old male student twice, according to the Berea Police Department.
The age of consent in Kentucky is 16, with rape, sexual abuse and sodomy laws applying if the other person is over the age of 21 along with the alleged victim being under 18 and the perpetrator in a position of authority.
The teacher’s husband has since divorced his wife with the wife reverting back to her maiden name.