Brandi Whitaker

Brandi Lynn Vaughn, the former Madison Southern High School teacher accused of twice having sexual relations with a teenager during the summer of 2015, pleaded guilty Monday morning to one felony charge.

Vaughn, 25, who has resumed using her maiden name since being divorced, admitted to using an electronic device to induce a minor to engage in sexual activities. Her last name previously was Whitaker.

The charge is a Class D felony that can be punished by one to five years in prison.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Smith recommended Vaughn be sentenced to one year. Judge William G. Clouse scheduled sentencing for Jan. 27.

Vaughn could be eligible for parole after serving 20 percent of her term.

Based on her plea agreement, Clouse acted on the state’s recommendation that six other Class D felony charges against Vaughn be dismissed: two counts of first-degree sexual abuse; two counts of third-degree sodomy; one count of third-degree rape and one count of evidence tampering.

Vaughn, who taught science at MSHS, 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 MSHS teaching staff, Vaughn worked as a science, technology, engineering and math mentor at the high school through a Berea College program.

According to Whitaker’s LinkedIn profile, she was once a youth program volunteer for the Berea Baptist Church. A social media post shows the church hosted a wedding shower for her in March 2013.

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