French Lick Man Arrested on Obstruction of Justice Charge

(FRENCH LICK) – Earlier this week, Indiana State Police Detective Shane Staggs arrested 37-year-old Isral Qualkenbush, of French Lick, on a charge of obstruction of justice.

Qualkenbush’s arrest stemmed from a previous investigation lead by Detective Shane Staggs, where former Springs Valley School Teacher Kari Buchanan, 42, of West Baden Springs was arrested on a charge of possession of child pornography for allegedly having inappropriate communications with a male student at Springs Valley High School in December of 2018.

Kari Buchanan

Buchanan was also recently arrested again on June 5 on charges of 0bstruction of justice and invasion of privacy.

Qualkenbush’s arrest was the result of his involvement in aiding Buchanan in communicating with her original juvenile victim earlier this month via cellphone, at which point Buchanan attempted to persuade the victim to change their statement to the Orange County Prosecutors Office, subsequently obstructing the investigation. 

Qualkenbush was incarcerated at the Orange County Jail before being released on a $1,005.00 cash bond.