Former Ogden resident sentenced for impregnating 12-year-old, says ‘I’m sorry’

Tuesday , March 06, 2018 - 4:54 PM3 comments

OGDEN — A state prison inmate will spend additional time in prison after he was sentenced on additional charges Tuesday in Ogden’s 2nd District Court. 

David Scooter Vaughn, a 38-year-old former Ogden resident, was given a minimum 15-year sentence after pleading guilty on Jan. 23 to one count of attempted rape of a child and aggravated sexual abuse of a child, both first-degree felonies.

Each charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years to life, but Judge Noel Hyde ordered that both sentences run concurrently. 

Vaughn was present during the brief hearing and was given the chance to speak. 

“I know what I’ve done is unforgivable,” he said. “I’ll take responsibility. I’m sorry.”

On April 3, 2017, Vaughn was charged after law enforcement was made aware that he impregnated a 12-year-old. The child later had an abortion due to the likelihood of “serious injury or death” if she were to give birth to the child at full term. Investigators tested the fetus and confirmed Vaughn was the father, court documents say. 

Vaughn pleaded guilty to both charges. In return, his original charge of rape of a child was reduced to attempted rape. 

At the time of his indictment on the new sexual assault charges, Vaughn was serving a prison term of three years to life in the Utah State Prison for a prior offense.

In August 2016, he pleaded guilty to attempted rape and attempted object rape charges, both first-degree felonies. A probable cause statement says he was charged after a 14-year-old told police that Vaughn sexually assaulted her. 

Vaughn will remain in the custody of the state prison to serve his time. 

No additional court dates have yet been set regarding Vaughn’s case. 

Contact reporter Jacob Scholl at jscholl@standard.net or follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl.

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