Shawnee, OK – Kimberly Crain, a former Oklahoma schoolteacher, has pleaded guilty to 31 counts of possession of child/juvenile pornography, lewd molestation, and conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation of a child under 12 — specifically several girls in her third grade class and others at McLoud Elementary.
Overall, the children involved were between the ages of 9 and 11, and the abuse went on for nearly 10 months in 2011.
Originally, the 50-year-old pled no contest to child pornography and exploitation charges but later changed her plea to guilty during her sentencing hearing when Crain realized she could receive life.
Crain agreed to accept a 45-year prison sentence term as punishment for her crimes and tearfully apologized to those in the Pottawatomie County courtroom.
Accepting the 45-year term means, after 37 years and three months, Crain will be eligible for parole. Crain is required by law to serve no less than 85 percent of her sentence because of the 18 counts of sexual exploitation. She’ll be 87.
Crain was accused of taking sexually explicit photos of her young female students and sharing them with Gary Doby of Pennsylvania, a retired Bloomsburg University childhood education professor.
The two met in the 1980s when Crain was a student and Doby was a professor at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee. Doby, also known as “Uncle G” to the victims, engaged in video chats with the girls, which were arranged by Crain on her school computer.
The then 65-year-old Doby was remanded on $500,000 bail in December 2011 and faced nine felony counts of manufacturing and conspiring to manufacture juvenile pornography. Once extradited to Oklahoma, both Doby and Crain were each detained on $1 million bonds.
Doby finally pled guilty in January 2012 and was given life in prison in lieu of 170 years he could have received.
The case first came to light in November 2011 when the parents of a 9-year-old girl contacted police after their daughter attended a pizza party at Crain’s McLoud home. The girl explained to police how Crain had several girls change into Christmas-themed bras and panties and took pictures of them decorating a Christmas tree. A video was also recorded of the girls both naked and doing a cheer dance, according to a police affidavit.
During Crain’s sentencing hearing, Crain’s husband, Rick Crain, asked for leniency for his wife. Rick adamantly blamed Doby, accusing him of coercing his wife to perform the illegal actions.
[Pictured Kimberley Ann Crain and Gary Joseph Doby]