Woman faces obstruction of justice in pornography case

From Local Sources


WEST BADEN — A former Springs Valley High School teacher who was arrested earlier this year on child seduction and possession of child pornography charges was arrested again Wednesday for obstruction of justice and invasion of privacy.

On Jan. 25, Kari Buchanan 42, West Baden turned herself in to law enforcement following an Indiana State Police investigation into events that occurred in December 2018. During the initial investigation Buchanan was employed as a teacher at the Springs Valley Community Schools and it was discovered that she allegedly had inappropriate communications with a juvenile Springs Valley student. 

She was initially charged with possession of child pornography a Class 6 felony.

Buchanan was arrested again Wednesday in connection with the case. Trooper Detective Shane Staggs opened another investigation after learning that Buchanan had allegedly attempted to have a witness change their testimony in the previous case she was arrested for.

Through the investigation, Staggs was able to establish enough probable cause for arrest warrants to be issued for obstruction of justice, a Level 6 Felony, and invasion of privacy a Class A misdemeanor.

Buchanan was arrested Wednesday at her residence in West Baden and was lodged in the Orange County Jail.


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