In the News: Oklahoma Sex Crimes against Minors

February headlines have been filled with stories of sex crimes against minors in Oklahoma.   Child pornography, solicitation of sexually explicit images, child rape, and sexual relationships between teachers and students have all hit local headlines since Valentine's Day.  The Oklahoma Criminal Defense blog has already brought you the stories of Putnam City High School teacher Lisa Kays, who was charged with rape after being accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student, and of John Kenneth Calderon Bastro, who was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison after soliciting explicit images from a 10-year-old boy in western Oklahoma. Also arrested on unrelated Oklahoma City rape complaints this week were Eduardo Perez, 34, and Gregory Saul, 64. Eduardo Perez was arrested in connection with an alleged incident occurring on February 13.  The alleged victim, aged 14, told her boyfriend that she stayed home from school and drank alcohol with her mother and Perez.   She says that after about five drinks, she went to lie down on her bed, and she awoke to Perez touching her inappropriately.  She reported that she told Perez to stop and he left, but came back later and raped her while she was still under the influence of alcohol.  The alleged victim told her boyfriend about the alleged rape, and he told his father, who reported it to authorities.  Perez was arrested on a rape complaint, and the girl's mother was arrested on complaints of contributing to the delinquency of minors.  The alleged victim and her two siblings, aged 10 and 12, were taken into DHS custody.  The younger siblings reported that their mother tried to get them to drink liquor, but they refused. Former Moore Christian Schools teacher Gregory Saul was arrested on several sex crime complaints after a girl told police that her 14-year-old friend was involved in a sexual relationship with Saul.  Oklahoma City police arrested the former teacher on complaints of forcible oral sodomy, soliciting a minor child to participate in and distribute child pornography, and five counts of rape.  Allegedly, Saul and the student were involved in a sexual relationship beginning in September 2011. Continuing to make local headlines is the story of a McCloud elementary teacher and a former professor at Oklahoma Baptist University who allegedly created and distributed pornographic pictures of the elementary teacher's students.  Retired OBU early childhood professor Gary Doby, 65, waived his extradition hearing.  Doby is currently living in Pennsylvania, and Oklahoma authorities have until March 13 to pick him up.  Doby and former McCloud teacher Kimberly Ann Crain, 48, are accused of conspiring to make and share sexually suggestive images of her students.  Allegedly, Crain photographed girls in her second grade class at school and at her home and sent them to Doby.  She is also accused of having her students Skype with Doby, whom she referred to as "Uncle G," during class. In Oklahoma, no one under the age of 16 is legally capable of consent to sexual activity.  Furthermore, Oklahoma law forbids a sexual relationship between a teacher and a student, even if the student is over the age of consent.  Those facing rape charges as a result of accusations by a minor should immediately contact an experienced Oklahoma City sex crime defense lawyer as soon as possible for the protection of their civil and constitutional rights.

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