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Molester receives 60-year prison sentence

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 02:11 a.m. HST, Aug 20, 2011



HILO » A man previously convicted of rape for molesting his stepchild in Arkansas has been sentenced to 60 years for similar crimes on Hawaii island.

In sentencing Gary Keith Vaughan, Hilo Circuit Judge Glenn Hara noted his prior convictions for "almost identical crimes" in Arkansas, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Friday.

Jurors in June convicted the 58-year-old Vaughan of eight counts of first-degree sex assault, three counts of attempted first-degree sex assault and 10 counts of third-degree sex assault in the molestation of three former stepchildren on Hawaii island. In 1998 a jury in Booneville, Ark., convicted him of two counts of rape in the molestation of a stepdaughter.

Vaughan had appealed the sentence of two life terms, which the Arkansas Supreme Court denied. But a lower court judge ruled he had an incompetent lawyer and granted a new trial. The stepdaughter refused to testify again, and Vaughan pleaded guilty to sexual abuse in a plea deal. He served 20 months.

"Mr. Vaughan didn't learn," Deputy Prosecutor Shannon Kagawa said. "He has a chance to change, but he didn't take that opportunity."

One of his former isle stepchildren, now a 22-year-old father, asked the judge to impose a lengthy sentence. "If he gets out it could happen again," he said.

Vaughan was unapologetic when he spoke at his sentencing. He said he refused sex offender treatment because he would lose his job. His defense attorney, Keith Shigetomi, said his client was abused as a child by baby sitters and a maternal grandfather.

Information from Hawaii Tribune-Herald, www.hawaii­tribune-herald.com.






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LMO wrote:
"Vaughan was unapologetic when he spoke at his sentencing. He said he refused sex offender treatment because he would lose his job. His defense attorney, Keith Shigetomi, said his client was abused as a child by baby sitters and a maternal grandfather." Well, now not only did he lose his job, but his liberty as well, no doubt for the rest of his life. And being abused as a child is no excuse. He made choices in his life to do the heinous things he did. You can only get so much out of blaming your family of origin. Mr. Vaughn will now find out about Kharma. Very fitting.
on August 20,2011 | 03:54AM
haunani wrote:
You do the crime, you serve the time. No excuses. Seek help. As not to allow this to happen again.
on August 20,2011 | 07:11AM
Shotzy wrote:
I sincerely hope that this pathetic excuse for a human being gets to never,repeat never, see the world as a free man again. Judge,,please send this hideous, society reject to a camp that really,really knows how to get maximum, hard, intense labor from its convicts on a daily basis.
on August 20,2011 | 07:12AM
daniwitz13 wrote:
Just in the news today from psychologists that it is time to decriminalize pedophilia. That they are perhaps hard wired to have a propensity and attraction to Children. Something that needs help and attention and NOT punishment. That this might be preventable if caught in time. Just saying.
on August 24,2011 | 12:17PM
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