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October 25, 2013

Witnesses said they felt ‘weird’ about Dwain Pellebon’s attention

NORMAN — A petite, 14-year old girl wiped away tears during testimony Thursday in the Cleveland County District Court jury trial of Dwain Pellebon, a former University of Oklahoma professor.

After a short break to compose herself, the teen returned to court and was asked to describe the layout of a bedroom in Pellebon’s home where she is alleged to have been molested.

Pellebon, 56, was arrested in December 2011 and charged with sex crimes against children in Cleveland County.

“I woke up and Uncle Dwain was behind me near the wall,” she said. “He was stroking my hair.”

She said a friend of Pellebon’s stepdaughter woke up and saw what was happening and Pellebon asked her what she was looking at. The friend then covered her head with a blanket.

Later, she said the two girls talked and the girl described what she saw.

She said she felt “weird.”

“That triggered what I felt,” she hesitated. “Weird, too.”

As the girls were in the bedroom folding the stepdaughter’s purple, fluffy blanket, she said Uncle Dwain came in the room.

“He gave me a hug and I told him to stop,” she said in a small voice.

She said her friend said stop in a stronger voice, like that of a mother.

She was questioned about the stroking of her hair and body and if Pellebon said anything about it.

“I don’t remember,” she said.

The girl’s mother also was called to testify Thursday. Later in the day, the mother of the friend who witnessed the alleged incident in the bedroom during the sleepover at Pellebon’s home also spoke.

A close Filipino connection: The jury of eight men and four women heard testimony by the mother of the female witness.

She said she came to Norman in 2005 and began working with Pellebon’s wife in 2006. It was the beginning of a close friendship where the families spent time together every week.

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