• Benton man accused of sex assault, child porn

    by  • July 17, 2013 • News

    A Benton man is in custody after being accused of possessing child pornography and sexually attacking a girl he lured through social networking. arrested

    Prosecutors in Franklin County have charged 68-year-old Thomas Vaughn of Benton with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and child pornography.

    Authorities allege Vaughn used Facebook to lure a girl younger than 13, then assaulted her. Investigators say child pornography also was found on Vaughn’s computer.

    Vaughn is being held in lieu of $500,000 bond and is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing July 24. Online court records don’t show whether he has an attorney.