The Norman Transcript

Breaking News

Local news

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.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local news
  • N7 Sooners come together to serve Native American youth

    Whitney Wofford has faced some tough competition as a part of the Oklahoma tennis team. However, on Wednesday, Wofford may have taken on her biggest and most rewarding competition yet at the Sooners For N7 event at the Oklahoma football ...

    April 10, 2014 3 Photos

  • Selling Norman is love at first sight

    Meeting planners who make a site visit to Norman tend to fall in love, convention and hospitality experts said this week. The staff of the Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau are commissioned with the job of promoting tourism and selling ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Green House is a homegrown business

    Nancy Muenzler was a banker in her previous life. That was before the Green House, 1708 SW 24th Street, became her passion....

    April 20, 2014

  • Conan’s martial arts moves downtown

    Conan’s Kickboxing, Karate, Boxing, Jujitsu, MMA Academy is celebrating the grand opening of a new facility right in the heart of downtown Norman at 310 E. Main St. Founded in 1996 by four-time World Kickboxing Champion Scott “Conan” ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Chamber welcomes new members

    The Norman Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all our sales volunteers and welcome our new Chamber members from our recent spring membership drive.  Suzanne McAuley was this year’s membership drive chair....

    April 20, 2014

  • It’s easier than ever to be your own movie producer

    Things have certainly come a long way since 1988, when the first stand-alone audio CD recorders outside of CD manufacturing plants started showing up. At that time, do-it-yourself CDs were the province of the rich and famous, as the ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Is Okla. backing off accountability?

    One by one, K-12 education reforms passed in previous years by Oklahoma lawmakers are being targeted for weakening or repeal....

    April 19, 2014

  • Hope Trunk travels to Norman

    The rustle of paper could be heard as students meticulously folded one crane, then another and another Friday afternoon. After reading the inspiring story, “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” Cleveland Elementary School fifth graders ...

    April 19, 2014

  • Congressman Cole reflects on recovery

    Congressman Tom Cole’s home in Moore was not hit by the May 20 tornado but it came pretty close. His wife has made it clear she wants a saferoom, he said. In a visit to the Transcript on Friday afternoon, Cole talked about tornado ...

    April 19, 2014

  • Gaylord to get $35,000 grant for poverty project

    A team from Gaylord College is among the first winners in a national competition to fund innovative news experiments that serve communities, the Online News Association has announced....

    April 19, 2014