Originally created 08/25/04

Vaughan strikes deal over arrest in prostitution sting



HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut assistant basketball coach Clyde Vaughan, charged with patronizing a prostitute last week, will perform community service and take a special class for men, in a deal that could result in the charges being dismissed.

Vaughan's lawyer, Rob Britt, appeared on Vaughan's behalf in Hartford Community Court on Tuesday. The deal was prearranged with prosecutor Glenn Kaas. Vaughan was not there.

Vaughan, 42, placed on paid administrative leave by the university, will perform 10 days of community service and attend a city health department class on hygiene for men charged with soliciting prostitutes.

If he completes the program, which also includes testing for sexually transmitted diseases, the charges against him will be dismissed, Kaas said.

Vaughan was expected to report to the community court on Wednesday to begin the community service.

He was among more than a dozen people arrested Aug. 18 in the Hartford police sting. Police said he tried to pay an undercover officer posing as a prostitute $10 for oral sex, then struggled with officers when he learned he was part of the sting.

Police charged him with patronizing a prostitute and interfering with officers. He was later released on bond.

Vaughan is expected to complete the program by early next month and will appear in court again on Sept. 10, when the charges might be dismissed.

Britt said Vaughan will not have to proclaim his guilt or innocence.

Vaughan is entering his third year as an assistant at UConn. He could not be reached for comment; the telephone number for his Manchester home is not listed.

The university's athletic department issued a statement Tuesday saying that Vaughan will remain on paid leave while officials continue a review of legal and personnel issues. The department said there would be no further comment.

A graduate and former player at the University of Pittsburgh, Vaughan was an assistant coach at the University of South Florida for three years and at Long Beach State University for seven years before coming to Connecticut. He played professionally in England after graduating from Pitt.