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Child porn charge filed
© 2001 The Post-Standard.
Police say Lacona man got images from computer at his community college job.
Friday, November 16, 2001

By Catie O'Toole

Watertown NY police detectives have charged a Lacona man with downloading adult and 
child pornography from a college computer, then creating a computer disk of the 
images, Detective Joseph R. Donoghue Sr. said.

City police last week charged Leon G. Vaughn III, 39, of 5115 county Route 22 with 
promoting sexual performance of a child, a felony, and third-degree obscenity, a 

Vaughn, a computer technician at Jefferson Community College, is accused of 
downloading the pornography on or about March 27, Donoghue said.

The pornography included at least three images of children performing sex acts, one 
video clip of bestiality, and adult pornography, he said.

During their seven-month investigation, detectives learned that Vaughn found images of 
naked adults and other pornography in a computer hard drive while working in a college 
computer lab, Donoghue said.

Instead of deleting the pictures, Vaughn told police he put them in a "folder" in the 
college's computer server, Donoghue said. Vaughn then returned to his office and 
removed the information from the server, the detective said.

Vaughn used another employee's computer, which had a CD writer, to copy the pictures, 
and told the detectives he wanted to copy the pictures so he could take them home on a 
disk, Donoghue said.

Vaughn told detectives he thought he had deleted the information from the other 
employee's computer, but the titles remained in the computer's history log, Donoghue 
said. Vaughn's co-worker later saw the titles of the files Vaughn had copied from the 
computer, the detective said.

The employee notified administrators about finding "something unusual" on the 
computer, said Dean of Administration Vance Jahnes-Smith.

College officials then notified Watertown police, who sent the computer to the New 
York State Police Computer Crime Unit in Albany. The crime unit searched the hard 
drive and found the pornographic pictures, said Watertown police Lt. Joseph Goss.

Watertown detectives filed charges against Vaughn Nov. 8, and he turned himself in 
that day, Goss said. Vaughn told police he burned the CD in his wood-burning stove at 
home, Donoghue said.

A Watertown judge released Vaughn on his own recognizance, Goss said.

Vaughn is on administrative leave from his job, Jahnes-Smith said.

© 2001 The Post-Standard.

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