SHAWNEE — Deleted photos of nude girls were found on the cellphone of a former McLoud teacher arrested Thursday, a prosecutor said.
Also found on the phone seized from Kimberly Crain, 47, were pictures confirming allegations she dressed up young girls in underwear and photographed them at her Shawnee home, Pottawatomie County District Attorney Richard Smothermon said.
Crain was booked into the Pottawatomie County jail on complaints of possession of child pornography and lewd acts with a minor.
Smothermon said investigators recovered deleted images from Crain's phone confirming the girls' story. He said the girls ranged in age from 7 to 9.
“We recovered pictures showing the children in bras and panties and in poses that can only be described as sexual in nature,” Smothermon said. “We also found on the cellphone images unrelated to the Christmas party which show underage children in sexual poses, which are really graphic.”
Crain resigned from her job as a third-grade teacher Monday after parents told police their daughter was invited to her house for a pizza party and told to dress in Christmas-themed underwear and pose with other students for photos and video.
Parents of another girl complained that Crain's students were asked to chat via Skype several times a week with a man named “Uncle G.” They also told police Crain used her cellphone camera to photograph certain girls posing in the classroom on desks and tables.
Calls to Crain's home went unanswered Thursday.
A group of parents has sued Crain and her husband, Rickey Dale Crain, in Pottawatomie County District Court, attorneys representing the parents said. Court officials said the case was filed under seal, so the details of the lawsuit have not been released.
George Wright, the parents' attorney, confirmed the lawsuit is related to the criminal allegations but said he didn't want to comment further because the case is sealed, in part for the privacy of the children involved.
Smothermon said he could not comment on whether Rickey Crain is also under investigation.
According to court records, Kimberly Crain invited girls to her home on Nov. 11 and asked them to pose for photos while decorating a Christmas tree.
A parent told police Kimberly Crain asked the girls to go one at a time into a bedroom and change into Christmas bras and panties with words such as “Ho, Ho” written on them. The girls also were photographed and videotaped doing a cheer dance in the underwear, records show.
Smothermon said some girls refused to put on the underwear, and Kimberly Crain forced them to do so.
An inventory of items seized from Crain's home on a search warrant included three laptop computers, a flash drive, a portable hard drive and an Apple iPod.
FBI Special Agent Clayton Simmonds said federal investigators are working with Shawnee police to determine whether the computers and digital storage devices contain anything that would warrant federal charges.
Smothermon said the FBI is helping to investigate the reported Skype conversations with “Uncle G” that children said took place in Kimberly Crain's classroom.
“We are pursuing the Skype angle to determine if there are other people involved and who that was and if any other images have been relayed to this person,” Smothermon said.