Man caught in Chris Hansen sting last year accused of soliciting child for sex again

Credit: TruBlu

Credit: TruBlu

A 71-year-old man convicted last year after he was nabbed in a child sex sting joined by television journalist Chris Hansen and his show “Takedown with Chris Hansen” was indicted Tuesday in a new child sex case.

Donnie Coy Vaughn was booked Thursday morning into the Montgomery County Jail on charges of importuning and possession of criminal tools. As of 1 p.m., he was no longer listed as an inmate.

Vaughn, of Darke County, is accused of soliciting a child younger than 13 on May 1 to engage in sexual activity, through use of a cellphone, according to his indictment. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and said it involved Vaughn communicating with a law enforcement officer posing as a girl younger than 13.

Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Greg Flannagan said Vaughn was communicating with a deputy posing as the juvenile on Kinkd, described as a dating app for fetish enthusiasts.

“The defendant, who now lives in Greenville, offered to meet for sex,” he said.

Credit: Montgomery County Jail

Credit: Montgomery County Jail

Vaughn was sentenced in May 2023 to 40 days in jail in addition to the 30 or so days he’d already served plus five years of probation with intensive supervision after he pleaded guilty to importuning previously in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. He traveled about 100 miles from his former home in New Palestine, Indiana, to Vandalia, where he was caught in a sting house. A possession of criminal tools charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

His arrest in March 2023 was featured in the first episode of the fourth season of Hansen’s show available for streaming on TruBlu and also is featured in the “Predators I’ve Caught with Chris Hansen” podcast.

“We have an older gentleman coming from out of state to meet a 43-year-old dad and his 13-year-old daughter and to engage in sex acts with both of them,” sheriff’s Capt. Terry Ables told Hansen of Vaughn’s plans based on the chat sessions.

In the episode, the retired engineer arrived with a milkshake for the undercover female decoy and shook hands with the detective posing as her father. He appeared at ease while taking off his jacket, sitting on a leather couch and patting the seat next to him for the girl. He also made small talk with the pair at the house used for the operation and suggested that more parents should take an active role in their children’s sexual experiences.

Once other task force detectives revealed themselves, Vaughn was handcuffed and interviewed. He then agreed to sit and talk with Hansen.

In addition to the jail time and probation, Vaughn was designated a Tier I sex offender, which requires him to register his address every year for 15 years.

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