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November 1, 2013

Trial for Dwain Pellebon wraps up today; jurors will begin deliberation phase

NORMAN — The last of the witnesses were called to testify Thursday, several of whom are family members of former OU professor Dwain Pellebon, 56, who is charged with child sexual abuse.

The main focus Thursday was on the testimony of the mother of the alleged victim whose disclosure of child sexual abuse was heavily analyzed and questioned Wednesday because of her mental disabilities.

The Transcript is not identifying the parent to protect the identity of the alleged victim.

The mother talked about bringing the girl into the world a little less than three months premature. The premature birth resulted in the child’s mental disabilities, she said.

Because of the struggles she had with her daughter’s delivery and events of that day, she said she would do anything to protect her. The mother also talked at length about the day her daughter disclosed the sexual abuse in 2011.

It started with a call from the school saying it wasn’t an emergency, but they needed her to come over. She thought maybe her daughter had gotten in trouble. She was ushered into a room at the school and met the lead detective on the case, she said.

She testified that the detective asked if she knew her daughter had been molested for several years and that other children had been molested by Pellebon, as well.

“I felt like the world was coming down on me,” she said. “I said ‘this couldn’t be real, this couldn’t be real.’”

The detective said she was allowed to see her daughter if she didn’t ask her any questions about the allegations of child sexual abuse.

When she saw her daughter, the girl had an audience, so she was animated and was telling stories because that’s what she does, the mother said. When she was alone with her and began asking questions about whether something happened between Pellebon and the girl, the detective “exploded,” she said, and told her to get out of the room.

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