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J.L. Mann Teacher Arrested on Obscenity Charges

Michelle Jensen of Simpsonville is accused of sending lewd pictures and texts of herself to underage students at the school.

A J.L. Mann High Academy science teacher has been arrested on charges she sent lewd texts and photos of herself to two male students.

Michelle Stabach Jensen, 40, of 605 Neely Farm Drive, Simpsonville, has been charged by Greenville Police with two felony counts of unlawful dissemination of obscene materials to persons under 18 years of age, and two counts of contributing to delinquency of a minor.

Arrest warrants allege that Jensen “sent text messages and photographs of herself to a … male student of hers at J.L. Mann High School. The text messages and photographs were sexually explicit in nature,” according to a report by the Greenville News.

Jensen was being held at the Greenville County Detention Center on Thursday awaiting a bond hearing.

In an email to the media Thursday afternoon, Greenville County Schools spokesman Oby Lyles said J.L. Mann Principal Charles Mayfield was informed on Friday, November 9 of allegations of inappropriate texts to students after a teacher reported an alleged conversation overheard between students.  

"The administration immediately began its investigation and contacted the school’s Resource Office with the Greenville City Police," Lyles said via email. "The principal met with the teacher that day and she resigned while the investigation continued. The charges will be communicated to the State Department of Education, which determines revocation of teaching certificates." 

This is Jensen’s first year with Greenville County Schools. She has been employed since August 15 as a science teacher at the school, initially as a certified sub and then as a full-time teacher effective October 15, Lyles added. 

Stay tuned to Patch for more details.

jane de November 15, 2012 at 11:12 PM
My son was involved in the incident. The school never informed me on it. She used to text him but he told me he erased it and didn't want to be involved. I think it is a shame I wasn't notified.
Hal Millard November 15, 2012 at 11:40 PM
If you would like to discuss it, please email me at hal.millard@patch.com.
Jerry Stevens November 16, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Jane, you should go to the police. Even if your son deleted the texts, the wireless phone company has archives of them. Armed with a subpoena, law enforcement could still retrieve them as evidence.

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