Last year, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force accusing Kelsey Meta Boren of uploading child porn to the internet, according to KDRV-TV.
While executing a search warrant at Boren's home, detectives said they found "evidence indicating that Boren has utilized the internet on numerous occasions to distribute and exchange pornographic images of children."
Boren – a 31-year-old instructional assistant at the Veneta Elementary School – was arrested in August 2022.
Shortly after the arrest, the Fern Ridge School District suspended Boren and barred her from the school grounds.
On March 23, Boren pleaded guilty to 11 counts of first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse. Boren was sentenced to 330 days in jail at Lane County Circuit Court – 30 days for each charge. A charge of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct was dismissed.
Boren also was hit with five years of probation, prohibited from any contact with anyone under the age of 18 without the permission of her probation officer, barred from contact with the victim, and must register as a sex offender, according to court documents.
Before her arrest, Boren frequently posted photos on social media of herself with an 11-year-old girl, who is also a child drag performer named Vanellope MacPherson DuPont. In the social media posts, Boren reportedly referred to herself as the child's "drag mom."
Two months after her arrest, Boren participated in a drag queen event that featured a Vanellope MacPherson DuPont at Old Nick’s Pub in Eugene, Oregon. The venue is a Satan and pagan-themed bar that regularly hosts drag queen shows, drag queen story hour, and "fetish nights."
The bar promoted the event with the child drag performer.
"Vanellope is here to show you what an 11-year-old drag queen can do," a post on the bar's Facebook page read. "With all the charm and sweetness of a bowl of sugary cereal, Vanellope is here to brighten up your morning with all her drag talent."
The October 2022 event ignited intense backlash, prompting about 200 people to either protest or support the drag show with a child. Vanellope reportedly did not perform that day.
The family of the 11-year-old girl issued a statement distancing themselves from Boren. They claimed Vanellope met with Boren "maybe four or five times," and that the relationship was strictly "professional."
The family added, “Meta Boren was not a family friend, nor was she ever a mentor for V in the drag world. They, also, have not had any contact since before covid, and all ties have been severed as of the time of Meta Boren's arrest in August.”
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