A case involving a teenager who prosecutors say took advantage of an autistic 11-year-old that the victim’s mother said ripped her family apart ended in a split sentence with credit for nearly six months already served in jail to be followed by six years on probation with intensive guidelines that must be met.

“If you violate (conditions of probation) and come back to this court, you most likely will serve six years,” Cumberland County Criminal Court Judge David Patterson told Amy Teleah Vaughn, 19. Vaughn, charged with aggravated sexual battery, pleaded guilty to attempted sexual battery, a class C felony, and as a result, will be listed on Tennessee’s sex offender registry.

The case centered around sexual contact between the defendant and a young distant family member who has a first- and second-grade reading level. The victim was 11 when the incident took place.

“This was a girl that we knew and loved,” the victim’s mother testified during a sentencing hearing earlier this month. “I will never trust another teenager with my child again.”

The mother added that what was equally disturbing to her was that she had never seen remorse expressed by the defendant. “This ripped our whole family apart. I don’t see how you can do that to a child who trusts so much.”

A tearful Vaughn took the stand and said during question from her attorney, Douglas Fields, “I don’t even know what to say to them.” She added that not only did she have deep remorse for her actions, she suffers nightmares because of what took place.

Assistant District Attorney General Gary McKenzie noted that the charge could have been greater.

During arguments, Fields told the court that the defendant had no record as a an adult or a juvenile and that, “I don’t know that punishment will make anything better.” He described that incident as “sexual experimentation” that may have gone too far.

He proposed a three-year sentence with three months to serve and six years of counseling. He also suggested that his client understands the seriousness of her charge and that community corrections might be appropriate. He said Vaughn would like to further her education.

Tearful family members on both sides of the issue seemed to be OK with the sentence and hugs were exchanged after the hearing.

In other cases, the following took place:

Arraignment

•Linda Mae Jones, theft more than $60,000, continued until Sept. 26.

Return with attorney

•Anthony Shane Welch, possession of a schedule VI drug with intent to sell or deliver, continued until Sept. 26.

•Paula Greenlee Wilson, possession of cocaine, possession of Diazepam for sale or delivery in a school zone, forgery and passing a forged instrument, continued until Sept. 26.

•Billy Shane Wyatt, theft more than $1,000, continued until Sept. 26.

•Daniel A. Bazinet, possession of more than .5 grams of cocaine with intent to sell or deliver, continued until Aug. 1 at which time defendant is to return to court with an attorney.

•Robert Laverne Bottoms II, passing a forged instrument, continued until Aug. 1 at which time defendant is to return to court with an attorney.

•Jerry R. Clark, two counts of possession of more than .5 grams of a schedule II drug for sale or delivery, continued until Sept. 26.

•Frank E. Davidson, sixth offense driving under the influence, driving on a revoked license and violation of the habitual motor vehicle offender law, Public Defender’s Office appointed to represent the defendant; continued until Sept. 21.

•Kenneth Lee Garrison, domestic assault, continued until Sept. 26.

•Stephen C. Kerley, leaving the scene of an accident with injury and failure to render aid, continued until Aug. 27 at which time defendant is to return to court with an attorney.

•Joshua A. McIntire, aggravated burglary and theft more than $1,000, Public Defender’s Office appointed to represent the defendant; continued until Sept. 26.

•Robert B. Potts, third offense driving on a revoked license, Public Defender’s Office appointed to represent the defendant; continued until Sept. 21.

•Doug Saylor, driving under the influence and third offense driving under the influence, continued until Aug. 27 at which time defendant is to return to court with an attorney.

•Crystal J. Barnhill, child abuse of a victim under the age of six, continued until Sept. 26.

•Padgett Irizarry Barron, fraudulent prescriptions, continued until Sept. 26.

•Edward Benjamin Bertram, aggravated robbery, continued until Sept. 26.

•Edward E. Bowman, aggravated assault with a weapon, continued until Sept. 26.

•Joseph Adam Braunm, joyriding, continued until Sept. 26.

•Tommy A. Buck, violation of the sex offender registry, set for trial Nov. 8.

•Johnathan Kendrick Cravens, promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana for sale or delivery and possession of drug paraphernalia, continued until Sept. 26.

•Jack A. Cresap, aggravated sexual battery, set for trial July 31.

•Carol L. Dixon, theft more than $1,000, continued until July 23.

•Jacob D. Gantner, aggravated assault, continued until Aug. 27.

•Kenneth M. Godsey, initiating the process to manufacture methamphetamine, continued until Aug. 27.

•Kerry L. Houston, two counts of vandalism of $1,000, dismissed.

•Jennifer Sue Jones, initiating the process to manufacture methamphetamine, continued until Aug. 27.

•Frank E. Libby Jr., manufacturing methamphetamine for sale or delivery, continued until Aug. 1.

•Matthew A. Marshall, two counts of violation of the sex offender law, set for trial Nov. 7.

•Jeffery Eugene Morgan, theft of merchandise and two counts of violation of the sex offender registry law, continued until July 23.

•Jeffery K. Proffitt, simple assault, dismissed.

•Donnie L. Rogers, five counts of forgery by passing a forged instrument, dropped with payment of court costs and restitution. Four counts of violation of the bad check law, continued until July 23.

•Ricky E. Scheller, rape of a child and aggravated sexual battery, continued until Sept. 26.

•Frankie E. Slaven Jr., hindering a secured creditor, continued until Sept. 26.

•Willie J. Staggs, aggravated robbery, aggravated assault and aggravated burglary, continued until Sept. 26.

•Aaron Paul Tiffany, domestic assault and filing a false report, continued until Aug. 1.

•Bryan A. Tollett, simple possession of Oxycontin, aggravated assault on an officer, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication, continued until July 23.

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