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Crime/Courts

October 23, 2013

First witness takes the stand

NORMAN — The state’s first witness took the stand Tuesday afternoon during the second day of former OU professor Dwain Pellebon’s jury trial in Cleveland County District Court.

The 10-year-old female witness answered questions from both prosecuting and defense attorneys, telling them everything she could remember about her time spent with Pellebon, 56, who was charged in 2011 with sexual child abuse.

Pellebon is charged with three counts of child sex abuse and six counts of lewd or indecent proposals to children.

Squirming around in the chair and swiveling from side to side, her head barely above the witness booth, the girl said she met Pellebon because her older sister and Pellebon’s stepdaughter were friends who met through school.

She and her sister would go over to the Pellebon’s home and play sometimes because of that friendship. During those visits, sometimes her sister and Pellebon’s daughter would go off and play by themselves, she said.

When defense attorney David Smith asked the girl if she would ever ask Pellebon to play with her, she said yes, the first time she met him. They often played the game “Guess Who” or a fighting game she invented, she said.

The 10-year-old said she would often play the fighting game with her father as well, but they had different rules. When she would play the game with Pellebon, she was able to use “magic powers” to where she could keep Pellebon from “attacking” her because he played a monster and she played a person with magical powers.

When she played with her father, she said they mainly just wrestled around and she had no magic powers.

During the game, she would have Pellebon chase her around the house and whenever she got caught, he would “eat her,” but it was just pretend eating her, she said. The game never hurt her and Pellebon would always be gentle when he would pretend to bite her with his hands, she said.

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