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A Whitehall man with an extensive criminal record has been indicted on charges that accuse him of multiple occasions of molesting a child.

Jerry L. Vaughn, 47, of Northeast Street was charged with a felony count of course of sexual conduct against a child, as well as a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child. The charges stem from an incident where Vaughn allegedly had sexual contact with a child less than 11 years of age.

He was arrested in September of last year after Whitehall Police investigated an incident involving him.

Vaughn pled not guilty to the charges and is being held in Washington County Jail, pending further court action. If found guilty, he could face up to 25 years in prison for the felony charge.

His rap sheet also includes a criminal mischief and harassment complaint from April 8, 2014, in which he made verbal threats and damaged a table during a domestic dispute. Twelve hours later, Vaughn was arrested for violating an order of protection, he was charged with criminal contempt for that incident.

In 2005, he was a suspect in the disappearance of 69-year-old Glens Falls woman, with whom he was seen before her disappearance. The woman’s body was found in a field near his then-home, but because of the conditions of the body, no cause of death could be determined and no charged were filed.

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