SHAWNEE — A McLoud third-grade teacher is accused of providing child pornography starring her young students to a former Oklahoma Baptist University professor who now lives in Pennsylvania.
More details about the child pornography case were released Thursday in a 10-page court affidavit claiming Kimberly Ann Crain set up a makeshift tent in her classroom where she had students undress and pose for photos to send to Gary Joseph Doby.
Authorities say they have retrieved more than 100 sexually explicit photographs of girls ages 7-9 from the schoolteacher’s cellphone and computers, and have identified as many as 14 alleged victims so far.
Doby, 65, of Bloomsburg, was arrested Thursday morning as he tried to drive away from his home with a suitcase in the passenger’s seat. FBI agents last week searched his home, although law enforcement officials are not disclosing what was seized or found.
He was charged Thursday in Pottawatomie County District Court, along with Crain, 48, of Shawnee.
Crain faces 23 felony charges, including eight counts of manufacturing juvenile pornography, 10 counts of lewd molestation, two counts of possession of juvenile pornography, aggravated possession of child pornography and conspiracy to manufacture juvenile pornography.
Doby is charged with eight counts of manufacturing juvenile pornography and one count of conspiracy to manufacture juvenile pornography.
District Attorney Richard Smothermon said he’s spoken with prosecutors in the U.S. attorney’s office in Oklahoma City and the two could potentially face federal charges too.
Each is jailed on $1 million bail, and local prosecutors are in the process of getting Doby extradited from his home state to Oklahoma.
Former OBU professor
Authorities say Crain and Doby met at Oklahoma Baptist University when Doby was a professor from 1985 to 1987.
Marty O’Gwynn, assistant to the university president, said Doby was an assistant professor of education in the teacher education division and Crain majored in health and physical education. He said there is no record of her being one of Doby’s students.
Doby retired three years ago from Bloomsburg University as an associate professor in early childhood development.
Court records suggest the two were involved in a romantic relationship. Police found photographs of Doby’s genitals and messages of a sexual nature to Crain on her computer at school, court records indicate.
The elementary schoolteacher resigned from her job in November after a parent told police their daughter was invited to her house for a pizza party and asked to dress in Christmas-themed underwear and pose for photographs and video.
One student says Crain took her to her house in August and photographed her in a bra and panties while she played with a Barbie doll.
Parents told police Crain used her cellphone camera to photograph girls posed in the classroom on desks and tables, authorities said.
At school, Crain allegedly set up a makeshift tent made of garbage bags where students would undress, and took photographs of them in their underwear behind a sheet hung in her classroom, according to a court affidavit.
Shawnee police Detective Ethan Rieves said police were unable to find hidden cameras in Crain’s home or school room, but angles of images found by police suggest cameras were strategically concealed to capture the girls undressing.
About 100 incriminating photographs were retrieved from Crain’s electronic devices, he said.
Rieves said investigators linked Doby to Crain through student interviews, and Crain’s cellphone and computer usage. The girls told police Crain had them video chat on a computer at school with a man named “Uncle G” that they later identified through a photograph as Doby, he said.
In an interview with Pennsylvania law enforcement Monday, Doby allegedly admitted Crain sent him lewd photos of young girls, a court affidavit said.
Crain appeared in court Thursday in striped jailhouse garb and sat expressionless with her arms crossed as Webb pleaded not guilty on her behalf.
Several relatives of the alleged victims attended the hearing, but Crain’s husband and children were not there.
Calls to her attorney, Cregg Webb, of Shawnee, were not returned.
Crain is scheduled to appear in court again Jan. 9.
McLoud School District officials last week backed out of their promise to parents to address concerns about the teacher at a school board meeting.
On Thursday, they released a statement apologizing and reiterating that they were asked by law enforcement not to disclose what they knew about the case because it might hamper the investigation.
School counselors are available for students and families, the statement indicated.
The school district has been put on notice that it will be included in a lawsuit filed by eight alleged victims and their families.
Shawnee attorney Joe Vorndran said several of his clients attended the November party at Crain’s house, but their parents were told by Crain it would be at school.
“There were no permission slips signed or sent home and she was never given permission by the parents to take them off school grounds,” he said.
The case has been “traumatic” for the town of about 4,000 people, Police Chief Gary Roe said.
He said parents are angry and want answers, and hopes information released Thursday will clear up many of the questions that have swamped his department.
Staff Writer Tiffany Gibson