Teacher Convicted of 23 Sex Crime Counts Requests Probation

Former McCloud Elementary School teacher Kimberly Crain has asked a judge to let her serve her sentence in the community after being convicted of multiple counts of child pornography and sexual abuse.  Crain has written several letters to Pottawatomie County District Judge John Canavan, and in these letters, she criticizes her Oklahoma sex crime defense attorney, requests a conference with the judge in his chambers, and asks him to consider probation instead of prison, despite a conviction of more than twenty felony counts. Crain's sentencing is quickly approaching, and in her letters to the judge, she appears not to realize the seriousness of her convictions.  In a pre-sentencing report, the ex-teacher explains her plan: I plan to help my husband with his business, Crain's, a mail-order company, until God leads me otherwise. I plan to reside at my same residence . . . .  I was working on my Masters in Elementary Education, if time allows I may finish because I only had two classes left. Otherwise I will have to see what the Lord leads me to do--new field of study or help my husband. I need to work on liking and accepting "me". I would like to check into Christian counseling for couples. I'm not sure how the community will act. So I'd like to stay at home to start with and gradually get into regular activities. Church activities for sure, going to listen to my daughter play her music, being with family and friends. Crain explains to Judge Canavan in a letter dated March 7 that she has been informed that inmates at the Mabel Bassett Correctional Center have "preconceived views" about her, and that "one of the ladies has grandkids in McCloud schools."  She says that the inmates are awaiting her arrival, and that she is "scared to death." Crain seems to honestly believe that probation is a possible sentence, despite being by Judge Canavan following her January guilty plea, "The least I can sentence you to is 25 years." Gary Doby, her co-conspirator, was sentenced to life in prison. Kimberly Crain was convicted of the following crimes:

  • Manufacturing Child Pornography (8 counts)
  • Conspiracy to Manufacture Child Pornography
  • Distribution of Child Pornography
  • Aggravated Possession of Child Pornography
  • Possession of Juvenile Pornography (2 counts)
  • Lewd Molestation (10 counts)
Though Crain paints Doby as a manipulator, she was convicted of the sexual exploitation of the children in her class. Her belief that probation is a possibility for her crimes seems incredible, given the seriousness of her crimes. Her sentencing is scheduled for March 22.

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