Brandi Lynn Vaughn, 25, the former Madison Southern High School teacher accused of twice having sexual relations with a teenager during the summer of 2015, was sentenced Friday to one year in prison.
In early November, she pleaded guilty to using an electronic device to induce a minor to engage in sexual activities. The crime is a Class D felony that can be punished by one to five years in prison.
In exchange for her guilty plea, prosecutors dropped two counts of first-degree sexual abuse; two counts of third-degree sodomy; one count each of third-degree rape and evidence tampering. Those charges also were Class D felonies.
In addition to serving at least 20 percent of her sentence before becoming eligible for parole, Vaughn will be on the sex offender registry.
In a request for probation, attorney Michael Eubanks told Madison Circuit Judge William G. Clouse that Vaughn has “nothing but remorse” for her actions.
Even if she now realizes what she did was wrong, Clouse told Vaughn he had to send a message to the community, as well as to her, that such behavior is intolerable and will be punished.
The judge also told Vaughn that with her education, which includes a master’s degree, he believes she can have a successful life after serving her sentence.
Vaughn wiped tears from her eyes after hearing Clouse’s decision. She was taken to the Madison County Detention Center, where she remained Monday afternoon, according to online records that list her as now a resident of Louisa in northeastern Kentucky.
Vaughn, formerly known as Brandi Whitaker, resumed using her maiden name after being divorced.
A science teacher at Southern, Vaughn was arrested Aug. 25, 2015. When confronted by investigators, she confessed to twice having sexual encounters with a male student, then 16, according to a Berea Police Department news release.
One incident took place at a state park, while the other took place at the then-married teacher’s home.
Prior to joining the Southern teaching staff, Vaughn worked as a science, technology, engineering and math mentor at the high school through a Berea College program.