published Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Hearing moved for Chattanooga man charged in child rape a year after report

The preliminary hearing for a 45-year-old man in custody on charges of child rape was moved to Oct. 11 so the defendant could hire an attorney.

Hamilton County Sheriff's deputies arrested Larry Vaughn on Sept. 9 after reports showed his DNA on a 12-year-old girl's clothing from a year-old rape case.

Vaughn is being held in the Hamilton County Jail on a $400,000 bond.

When the alleged rape of the girl occurred on Sept. 9, 2010, Vaughn denied the charge.

The girl's mother had reported the incident to police.

Police say a man known in the child's neighborhood as "Candy Man" offered her candy and promised to take her to school. But, the man police have identified as Vaughn took her to a 1900-block Rawlings Street residence instead and raped her twice, according to Chattanooga Times Free Press archives.

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