Former HPD hero cops child-sex plea

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BRAZORIA COUNTY, TX – For more than 20 years, former Houston police officer Danny Vaughan has been the face of courage and hope for survivors of trauma, but now it looks like he’s the one inflicting trauma.

The 57-year-old Vaughn has admitted to exposing himself to a child. This after a 15-year-old girl in Brazoria county said Vaughan forced her to look at and touch his genitals.

He got eight years deferred adjudication, a $1,000 fine, and he will have to register as a sex offender.

A gunman shot Vaughan point-blank in the face in HPD’s South Central station in 1993. He was in a coma for two weeks and in rehab for six months.

He retired from the force in 2001 and started a new career as a speaker, trainer, and consultant.

National Public Radio even talked with him after the shooting of congresswoman Gabby Giffords about the long road to recovery.

Now, this former hero, and his victim, have another long road ahead.