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March 23, 2013

Shawnee ex-teacher gets 45 years in child porn case

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Shawnee —

Earlier, the judge accepted Crain’s guilty pleas to 31 felony counts, including 18 counts of sexual exploitation that will require her to serve 85 percent of her 45-year sentence, or 37 years and three months, before she is eligible for parole.

“You will be 87 years and several months old. Do you understand that?” Canavan said.

“Yes!” Crain blurted out emotionally.

Canavan asked the victims’ family members to raise their hands if they disagreed with the plea deal. No hands went up.

“Do you understand the extent of damage you have done to the victims in this case?” the judge asked Crain.

“Yes, sir, I do,” she replied.

At a preliminary hearing in May, nine of Crain’s former students — ages 9 to 11 — testified their teacher took photos of them in her classroom and during a pizza party at her home while they were wearing tank tops and underwear. Prosecutors said the girls also were videotaped naked while changing clothes.

District Attorney Richard Smothermon said Crain shared the photos with Doby, a former professor at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, as well as sexually explicit photos she took of herself.

“I’m glad she took some responsibility today. It was too long in coming,” Smothermon said.

During the sentencing hearing, Crain’s husband, Rick Crain, asked for leniency for his wife. He said he believed she was coerced by Doby and that her conduct was “100 percent instigated by him.”

“He’s a very slick talker,” Rick Crain said.

Smothermon said he had planned to question Doby during Kimberly Crain’s sentencing hearing and believes Crain decided to plead guilty to prevent Doby from disclosing the extent of her involvement.

“They were partners in crime,” Smothermon said. “This wasn’t Mr. Doby. This was her.”

Smothermon described Doby as “a pedophile” and “a monster to children” who resurrected a relationship with Crain in 2010. Officials have said the two met during the 1980s when Crain was a student and Doby a professor at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee.

 

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