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Calvert man sentenced on child porn charge


Ronald Leroy Vaughn

 Prince Frederick, MD - A Calvert County man who was arrested in July 2016 on charges of possessing, promoting and distributing child pornography was sentenced last month in Circuit Court to six-and-a-half years in jail. According to court records, the defendant, Ronald Leroy Vaughn, 71, pleaded guilty Aug. 15 to a single count of child pornography promote, distribute with the intent to possess, which is a felony. Vaughn was not prosecuted on four similar counts. The defendant was given a 10-year sentence with three-and-a-half years suspended. He will be credited with time served.

The probe into Vaughn’s alleged activities that led to his arrest began in March 2016, according to a statement of charges submitted by Detective Michael Mudd of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation was prompted by a tip the detective received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about videos depicting children performing lurid sex acts. The transmissions were all traced to an Internet address in Calvert County, which subsequently led police to Vaughn, according to court documents. A search of Vaughn’s residence yielded several items of evidence, including three computers, and “multiple videos and photos depicting sexual acts performed on or by nude prepubescent males and females,” Mudd stated.

Vaughn was represented by Baltimore-based attorney Keith E. Ferrier while Deputy State’s Attorney Kathryn A. Marsh prosecuted the case.


Previous story Oct. 18, 2016

Prince Frederick, MD – A Calvert County man charged this past summer with possession, promoting and distributing child pornography was indicted by a grand jury Monday, Oct. 17, court documents stated. The five-count indictment charges the defendant, Ronald Leroy Vaughn, 70 of Prince Frederick, with five individual counts of promotion and distribution with the intent to possess child pornography. The charge is a felony.

Vaughn was arrested July 29 following a five-month investigation. According to the statement of charges filed by Detective Michael Mudd of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, a tip was received in early March from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about videos depicting a young child performing sex acts. Mudd indicated the transmissions were all traced back to an Internet address in Calvert County. Those addresses were subsequently connected to Vaughn. Police executed a search and seizure warrant at Vaughn’s residence.

Mudd stated that during an audio-taped conversation with an investigator “Vaughn confessed to possessing child pornography and the distribution of child pornography. He [Vaughn] identified the location of the pornography in his home. Several items of evidence were recovered to include three computers and various other items. A forensically sound software program was run on two of the target computers. The investigator personally viewed multiple videos and photos depicting sex acts performed on or by prepubescent males and females.”

Mudd stated in court documents that Vaughn “described in the chat logs how he seduced children and groomed them to have sex. He described to other persons how to have sex with toddlers. Vaughn described that he has had sex with children as young as 6-years-old.”

Vaughn has remained incarcerated in the Calvert County Detention Center. His initial circuit court appearance is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 24 before Judge Mark Chandlee. The case could go to trial next March.

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Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com

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