The Norman Transcript


September 2, 2013

Teacher moved to Kansas prison

OKLAHOMA CITY — A former Oklahoma teacher who pleaded guilty to child pornography and exploitation charges has been moved to a prison in Kansas.

Former McCloud third-grade teacher Kimberly Crain, 50, was convicted in January of multiple counts of sex crimes against children, many of them her former students, and sentenced to 45 years in prison by a Pottawatomie County judge.

The Oklahoman reports Crain was incarcerated at the Mabel Bassett Correctional Center in McLoud, the same community where she taught prior to her arrest, before she was transferred out of state.

Department of Corrections officials confirmed Crain had been transferred but declined to discuss details.

“Usually, when people are moved out of state, it’s out of our fear for their safety,” Corrections Department spokesman Jerry Massie said. “But I can’t say anything about any particular case ... as far as why she was moved.”

Crain’s attorney, Cregg Webb, said Crain is not happy with being moved in spite of letters she wrote to the judge shortly before she was sentenced in which she expressed fear for her safety in Oklahoma prisons.

“We are in the process of trying to get her returned to Oklahoma ... she would prefer to be here and would waive any liability to the state if that is possible,” Webb said.

In one letter, Crain claimed female inmates at Mabel Bassett had been following her case “on the Internet and were waiting on me to come.”

“One of the ladies has grandkids in McLoud schools,” Crain wrote. “I’ve been told by girls that come in here about things that are posted on the Internet, therefore, many have preconceived views. Honestly, I’m scared to death.”

At a preliminary hearing last year, nine of Crain’s former students — ages 9 to 11 — testified their teacher took photos of them in her classroom and during a pizza party at her home while they were wearing tank tops and underwear. Prosecutors alleged the girls also were videotaped naked while changing clothes.

Prosecutors said Crain shared the photos with Gary Doby, 67, of Bloomsburg, Pa., a retired professor at Bloomsburg University, as well as sexually explicit photos of herself. Doby was sentenced to life in prison.

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