Kelsey Meta Boren, 31, pleaded guilty to 11 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree. She previously said she was Vanellope's 'drag mom'
A 'drag mom' and former elementary school teacher has been sentenced to less than a year in prison after being convicted of felony child abuse crimes.

Kelsey Meta Boren, 31, pleaded guilty to 11 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree last month.

She previously worked as a teacher for the Fern Ridge School District, in Oregon, but was suspended following the allegations coming to light last year.

Before her arrest she regularly posted several images of herself with an 11-year-old girl on her Instagram, claiming to be her 'drag mom'.

Boren was sentenced to 330 days in jail at Lane County Circuit Court in March, which equates to 30 days for each charge.

Authorities say that she was arrested in August 2022 after officers carried out a search warrant at her home in Veneta.

Court documents reveal that they found evidence she had been uploading and exchanging child pornography on the internet on multiple occasions.

One count of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct was dismissed by the court.

Boren made up part of a drag queen event in October 2022, two months after she was arrested, which was fiercely opposed by protestors.

Protesters against the event faced off with supporters outside the venue, Old Nick's Pub, which is named after Satan, and which also holds adult fetish nights.

Some demonstrators on both sides of the roughly 200-strong standoff were armed, police said, including with semi-automatic rifles.

The event still went ahead - although the child performer, whose stage name is Vanellope MacPherson DuPont, did not take to the stage as planned.

Dramatic footage of the protests showed angry demonstrators 'lob projectiles' including smoke grenades at the rival crowds.
Supporters of the event shouted 'go home Nazis' and carried a banner which said: 'Protect trans youth.'

Meanwhile, counter-protesters had a sign which read: 'What kind of monster exposes kids to this?'

An earlier Facebook post by the pub to promote the event said: 'Vanellope is here to show you what an 11-year-old drag queen can do.

'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 post drew a mixture of criticism and support, with a statement posted by Vanellope's family and friends has claimed the relationship with Boren was strictly 'professional' and they only met 'maybe four or five times'.

The statement 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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Vanellope also has another handler, Sunshine Ray MacPherson - real name Jennifer Hibbs - who is a drag performer and distanced herself from Boren.
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Old Nick's pub has claimed the backlash to drag storytime events a 'targeted agenda' to 'push forward anti-LGBTQ legislation'.

It has also said: 'Drag is an art form. The idea that it is inherently sexual is a form of bigotry.'

Old Nick's has also previously hosted $10-a-ticket fetish nights, with previous events advertising 'impact play', 'rope suspension' and 'electric play'.