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October 29, 2013

Pellebon denies allegations of sexual abuse in recording

NORMAN — As the Dwain Pellebon jury trial entered its second week Monday, jurors listened to an audio-recorded interview conducted between Pellebon and Det. David Freudiger the night Pellebon was arrested.

Pellebon, 56, was arrested in December 2011 for child sexual abuse. He is a former social work professor at the University of Oklahoma.

The recorded interview, which lasted about two hours and 15 minutes, was done in the Pellebon’s home in Norman at their dining room table. The recording had some jurors taking notes, some listening intently and some shaking their heads.

One juror shook his head after hearing the detective ask Pellebon if he was using the phrase “sexual assault” so Pellebon could lie to him.

Pellebon replied no repeatedly to the detective during the interview and denied the allegations of sexually abusing any children.

Freudiger works in the Norman Police Department’s Children’s Victim Unit and told Pellebon during the interview that one of the girls described how Pellebon sexually abused her three different times.

Pellebon said the girl could have gotten confused by watching a movie or seeing something online, but Freudiger discredited the excuses.

The detective said when a girl is able to describe the things that happened to her and how it made her feel, “those things can’t be derived from a television show,” he told Pellebon during the interview.

Freudiger also told Pellebon the girl had displayed behavior and had acted out sexually on several occasions, which is behavior indicating sexual abuse.

Pellebon told the detective earlier during the interview of a situation involving the girl being naked in his presence, but it was only when he had to apply medical cream on her, he said.

He also told the detective that was the only time he told the girl not to tell anyone anything because people would misunderstand the situation. He told Freudiger that applying the cream was not sexual in nature.

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