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January 10, 2008

Former coach ordered to trial on rape charges

By Tom Blakey

Transcript Staff Writer

By Tom Blakey

Transcript Staff Writer

A diminutive, 17-year-old blonde took the witness stand in Cleveland County District Court Wednesday, and — presumably against her own wishes — testified about the intimate relationship she had with her biology teacher at Norman North High School during the second semester of the 2006-2007 school year.

The teacher — Lynn Lewallen — resigned from Norman North last June, following a suspension that came when the principal surprised the two alone in Lewallen’s locked and darkened classroom the early morning of May 4.

Special Judge Rod Ring, after about an hour and a half of testimony Wednesday morning, ruled sufficient evidence existed to bind over Lewallen, 44, on two counts of forcible oral sodomy and two counts of second-degree rape. Lewallen is scheduled to be formally arraigned 2 p.m. March 13 before District Judge Bill Hetherington.

The student testified she began attending Lewallen’s biology class in September 2006, when her 11th grade school year began. The student turned 16 in November and said their relationship began to change in January or February, from “friends to more than friends.”

The pair had begun text messaging and calling each other, after the student asked Lewallen for a business card from Lewallen’s desk drawer that listed Lewallen’s cell phone number.

The student said she began getting rides home from Lewallen when it rained, and described the first time the relationship became physical.

The student said her cell phone had run out of minutes, and Lewallen came to her house to tell her they wouldn’t be going to a basketball game as they’d previously planned.

Lewallen came into her bedroom and the student closed the door, she said.

“We kissed. It was on the lips. It was very detailed,” she said, an open mouth kiss.

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