SHAWNEE — One of the girls who was sexually abused by former McLoud schoolteacher Kimberly Crain claims the convict is a “monster” who haunts her victims in their sleep and waking lives.
Crain has been behind bars since late 2011, yet she looms large in the minds of her victims, still struggling to cope in the aftermath of a series of crimes that shook the rural community in Pottawatomie County to its core.
A series of victim impact statements, written by the parents of 10 of the girls abused by Crain, shows the former teacher's crimes will have long-lasting effects on the children involved, as well as their families. The written statements are some of the only public comments made by the victims' parents.
Attorneys representing the parents and victims, who are suing the McLoud school district because much of the abuse was carried out in the third-grade classroom at the elementary school, have not allowed their clients to publicly comment since Crain was arrested in December 2011.
In the meantime, Crain has become somewhat of a boogeyman to at least one of her victims.
“She still has nightmares where she sees Kimberly Crain as a ‘monster' who chases her in her dreams,” one of the parents wrote in a statement. “At first my daughter felt sad for her teacher. She didn't think it was ‘OK' to be mad about what happened.”
Nearly all of the victims' parents wrote that their children have required extensive counseling since the crimes were uncovered. Many of the girls also have problems trusting adults and exhibit signs of paranoia and “hyper-vigilance,” the victims' parents wrote in the statements.
“(My child) was a very active, outgoing child,” parents of one of the girls wrote. “Since the incident, (she) is very shy and questions everything and everyone. She has trust issues. She has trouble trusting teachers.”
One of the parents wrote of a child who was “embarrassed of her association with Mrs. Crain” and the former teacher's online lover and accomplice, Gary Doby.
“Mrs. Crain was her favorite teacher until this case came about,” the parent, a single mother, wrote in a statement dated March 3. “But after this case was brought to light, (my child) now has problems with trusting any other teachers or adults.”
One girl apparently stopped eating while the crimes were being committed.
At the time, her parents struggled to find out what was wrong with their daughter, sending her to see a therapist even before Crain was arrested.
“The answer I got was that something has physically or mentally happened to (my child) in order for her to refuse to eat,” one of the parents wrote in a typewritten letter. “Eating is a controlled habit and she had control of whether she would or not and did not have control of something ‘uncomfortable' in her life.”
Crimes shocked community
Crain, 50, was arrested Dec. 1, 2011, after she brought several girls to her house and made them change into bras and panties. The girls were then photographed and videotaped as they danced around and decorated a Christmas tree inside Crain's home.
One of the girls told her parents what happened. Soon after, the girl's distraught parents alerted police.