Middle school teacher charged with child abuse, lewd conduct

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A former middle school teacher has been charged with second-degree child abuse, and lewd and lascivious conduct.

Richard Spangler of Lake City was arraigned Thursday. He is accused of having inappropriate contact with students. He was released on $5,000 bond.

Reached by telephone, Spangler tells The Associated Press on Friday he will fight the charges.

State police from Mount Pleasant arrested the 40-year-old math teacher on Wednesday after a four-month investigation.

Sgt. David Kaiser told the Morning Sun of Mount Pleasant and The Saginaw News that troopers in October received a tip about Spangler. Kaiser says a 12-year-old in the Harrison Community Schools district spoke out before other 7th graders came forward.

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