May 30, 2016

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Former prison officer enters plea

ELYRIA – A former Lorain Correctional Institution corrections officer pleaded no contest Friday to theft in office for lying about time off to serve with the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

Prosecutors argued in court documents that Marvin Vaughn, 38, was paid by the state for his military leave, but never showed up for military duty on nine weekends between 2006 and 2008.

The state pays reservists for their time while they are serving with the military, prosecutors wrote in court documents.

Brian Darling, Vaughn’s attorney, said his client reluctantly took Friday’s plea, but only so he could appeal the charges against him. Darling said the indictment against Vaughn was unclear about exactly what crime was committed.

Darling had asked Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Christopher Rothgery to throw out the case on similar grounds, but Rothgery refused. Vaughn had been set to go on trial Monday.

Vaughn resigned from his job as a prison guard on Aug. 7, 2008, according to Julie Walburn, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. He was hired July 2002.

According to court documents, Vaughn told investigators that he had some personal financial issues and problems – including child support payments that required him to work overtime to make payments.

In one instance, in January 2008 when Vaughn didn’t show up for a scheduled training weekend with the military, he recalled that he had a dental issue.

He also mentioned several other problems, including moving and a security clearance problem. He said he probably forgot to punch in on one incident.

Vaughn, who could get up to 18 months in prison, is free on bond.

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Brad Dicken is the senior writer for the Chronicle-Telegram. He covers courts and county government, and has been with the Chronicle since 2001. He can be reached at 329-7147 or Follow him on Twitter.