SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — A retired college professor pleaded guilty to child exploitation charges Wednesday and a former third-grade teacher pleaded no contest to exploitation and pornography charges after prosecutors said the Oklahoma teacher took photos of her students dancing in their underwear and shared them with the man in Pennsylvania.
Kimberly Crain, of Shawnee, and Gary Doby, of Bloomsburg, Pa., entered the pleas in Pottawatomie County District Court. They had been scheduled for trial Monday.
Judge John Canavan Jr. sentenced Doby to life in prison on the sexual exploitation counts and set Crain's sentencing for March 22 after ordering a pre-sentence investigation. The judge told Crain, 49, that she faces a minimum of 25 years, but the prosecutor said he'll seek the maximum.
"He (Doby) stood up and took responsibility. She didn't," District Attorney Richard Smothermon said outside court. "The only way justice is done is that they never get out prison."
Crain's voice quivered, and she appeared to tear up as she stood before the judge dressed in an orange, jail-issued jumpsuit and shackled by the wrists.
After sentencing Doby, Canavan urged him to consider the damage done to the children in the case, saying, "You're going to have a lot of time to sit there and think about what you've been doing."
"I will," he replied.
Under Oklahoma law, Doby, 66, can apply for parole in 38 years.
"He will be eligible for parole when he's 104. I don't think he's going to make it," Smothermon said.
Doby's attorney, Robert Butler, asked that Doby be confined in the Department of Corrections' sexual offenders unit.
Crain and Doby were ordered to stand trial in May on 18 counts of sexual exploitation of a child under 12 as well as single counts of conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation and lewd molestation. Crain also was charged with 11 counts of possession of juvenile pornography.
At a preliminary hearing, nine students aged 9 to 11 testified that Crain took photos of them in her classroom in McLoud, 30 miles east of Oklahoma City, and during a pizza party at her home while they were wearing tank tops and underwear. Prosecutors said Crain then shared the images with Doby.