published Monday, September 19th, 2011

Chattanooga man charged in child rape given time to find a lawyer

A man arrested nearly two weeks ago on a year-old rape investigation has been given more time to find an attorney.

Larry Vaughn has been charged with aggravated rape. His initial appearance in Hamilton County General Sessions Court was today.

Red Bank City Judge Johnny Houston passed the hearing to Sept. 27 so that Vaughn could have an attorney, a constitutional right for someone accused of a crime.

Houston sat in for Judge Ronald Durby, who had been scheduled to preside over the hearing.

Police named Vaughn as the suspect in the Sept. 9, 2010 rape of a 12-year-old girl after evidence reviewed by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was matched to him, authorities said.

The girl told police she was on her way to school when she was lured to a residence “by a man promising her candy.” Once inside the home, the man raped her twice, she said.

Victims of sex crimes are not identified in accordance with Times Free Press policy.

The TBI received evidence in February from the Chattanooga Police Department and completed the lab work in May, according to newspaper archives. Four months passed before police knew the lab results were available.

Vaughn was convicted on a charge of aggravated burglary after his Nov. 3, 2010 arrest. He was given a four-year suspended sentence.

He is being held in the Hamilton County Jail on a $400,000 bond on the rape charge.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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rolando said...

Well, this thing has gone on for over a year...whats another six months to a year? What if this rapist can't find a lawyer that suits him? Will a victim-conscious judge step up to the issue and try this rapist or does this go on year after year after year.

No wonder we have so much crime.

Maybe its time for a responsible adult in the victim's life to set his/her own deadline for the rapist to meet...or else he gets the same treatment, or something.

September 19, 2011 at 4:01 p.m.
GlacierClipper said...

The rape victim was not given any time to avoid this monsters attack.

This stupid idiot deserves only to be sent to prison, he does not deserve time to obtain an attorney.

Send him to prison for 500 years and seen if he still needs or wants more time.

September 19, 2011 at 7:07 p.m.
thenoblejeff said...

Another example of our legal system in need of an overhaul. Criminal encroach upon the liberty and rights of law abiding citizens, while simultaneously use loopholes in the law to seek forgiveness.

September 19, 2011 at 7:43 p.m.
Tax_Payer said...

He gets more time because he is black. Judge is scared of being called a racist.

September 19, 2011 at 7:59 p.m.
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