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A tribunal ruled that she had abused her position of trust by entering into the relationship even though the pupil had already left the school.
Vaughan, now 25, was a design and technology teacher at £30,000-a-year Oakham School in Rutland.
We all react with shock at the very idea of a male teacher "taking advantage" of young women in his class; I can't imagine a panel having trouble with criminal charges in such a case, no matter how good looking the man, indeed, especially if he were good looking.
But give me a good-looking woman teacher, and the locker room jokes begin. The locker room humor is dangerous on at least three counts.
The truth is that we are used to thinking of men as not needing protection in a male-female relationship, assuming that they're 18 or older. Locker room humor that obscures that reality leaves boys, by virtue of the accident of their birth date, in a precarious position.
If a boy should consider himself lucky to be the object of a teacher's attentions, then what does that say about the boy who complains?
She was appointed by the president to serve on the National Holocaust Council and by the mayor of the City of Los Angeles to serve on that city's Ethics Commission.
Estrich's books include "Real Rape," "Getting Away with Murder: How Politics is Destroying the Criminal Justice System," "Dealing with Dangerous Offenders," "Making the Case for Yourself: A Diet Book for Smart Women" and "Sex & Power," currently a Los Angeles Times bestseller.
The widespread view that it is only women or girls who have legitimate claim on the state to protect their sexuality is what has left both male-on-male and female-on-male claims of sex abuse in a sort of never-neverland, where there are barely no statistics, few recorded cases, and yet we all know that there are far more instances of abuse than officials recount.
Second, it ignores the power relationship between the woman and her student, which makes this different from the usual male-female relationship, and puts the boy on a different footing.