UPDATE: Former Lansing teacher busted for child porn

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UPDATE: A former mid-Michigan teacher is behind bars tonight after being arrested on child pornography charges.

This comes following an investigation by the FBI.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Florida, former Lyons Elementary School teacher Audra Mabel, along with her ex-boyfriend Justin Ritchie, were busted for possessing child pornography and sending it to each other.

While Mabel was a teacher at the Lansing elementary school, the FBI report says she recorded a sexually explicit video of herself in a classroom full of first graders.

The report also says there were other inappropriate videos of Mabel and Ritchie sexually assaulting young children.

6 News reached out to Lansing School District spokesperson Bob Kolt tonight, who says Mabel was a temporary employee and had a clean background check when she was hired, other than an ongoing civil lawsuit.

He says there were no recognizable issues with her employment while she was teaching, otherwise the district would have investigated. 

He also mentioned that he doesn’t know if the video was taken at a Lansing school because this is the first time he’s hearing about it. 

Kolt says Mabel resigned from the district at the end of the school year in 2017, which is when she moved to Florida. She and Ritchie are now in jail there.

So far, they’ve only been charged with producing and distributing child pornography, and could face more charges as the investigation unfolds. 

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Lansing School District officials confirmed Mabel worked as a “replacement teacher” at Lyons Elementary School during the 2016-2017 school year. 

District officials tell 6 News Mabel’s record was clean coming to work there and clean when she left at the end of the year.

ORIGINAL STORY:  A former teacher from Lansing has been arrested and charged with producing and distributing child pornography.

The FBI arrested 34-year-old Audra Mabel yesterday at her home in Orlando, Florida.

The investigation began when police in Florida started looking into allegations of child sexual abuse involving Mabel’s ex-boyfriend. Investigators say they found videos of Mabel abusing a child on the ex-boyfriend’s phone.

The report states that Mabel was a first grade teacher in Lansing in 2017. Investigators say they found an explicit video that was location-stamped in Lansing and appears to show her placing the camera up her skirt. Then the camera is turned to show a classroom full of young students.

Mabel was immediately fired from her job as a kindergarten teacher in Seminole County, Florida after school officials learned of her arrest.

We will have much more on this breaking story coming up on 6 News at 5:00, 5:30 & 6:00.

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