Former Teacher Pleads Not Guilty in Oklahoma Child Porn Case

Two defendants have each pleaded not guilty to charges of child pornography and lewd acts with minors in a case whose allegations have shocked Oklahomans.  Kimberly Crain, a former McCloud elementary school teacher, and Gary Doby, a former Oklahoma Baptist University professor, each entered not guilty pleas on charges including 18 counts of sexual exploitation of a child under 12 and one count of conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation.  In the case, Crain also faced additional charges including 11 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of lewd molestation.  Trial dates will be set for the pair during a hearing in early August.  If convicted, each defendant faces the possibility of life in prison. The startling accusations came to light in November 2011, when Kimberly Crain, 49, is alleged to have had a pizza party at her home for several girls in her third grade class.  After the party, the one of the girls in attendance told her parents that Crain had the girls change into Christmas-themed bras and panties and took pictures of them.  Allegedly, Crain also videotaped the girls naked as they were changing clothes.  She is accused of sharing the images with Gary Doby, a former college professor. During the course of the investigation, other students came forward with disturbing reports of Crain's behavior in the classroom.  Some said she had students Skype with a man they called "Uncle G," and others report she took cell phone photos of certain girls in various provocative poses on desks and chairs in the classroom. Crain resigned from her position as third-grade teacher at McCloud Elementary School in Pottawatomie County following the November allegations.  She was arrested on December 1, 2011, and has remained jailed on $1 million bond ever since.  In January, a judge refused a request by Crain's Oklahoma child pornography lawyer to reduce bail to $50,000 and remain under house arrest, tracked by electronic monitoring bracelet. In Oklahoma, child pornography is defined as any picture, film, video, or electronic media in which a minor under the age of 18 is engaged in sexual activity for the purpose of sexual gratification of the viewer.  It is interesting to note that, although the age of consent in Oklahoma is 16, posing for pornographic material is prohibited until the age of 18.  Possession and distribution of child pornography are punishable at the state level, but they may also prosecuted by the United States District Attorney's office as federal sex crimes.  Any person convicted of child pornography faces a potential sentence of life in prison and mandatory registration Sex Offender upon release from prison.

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