SHAWNEE — Already convicted of a number of sex crimes against children, a former McLoud elementary schoolteacher revealed to a judge that she fears for her life if she is sentenced to a term in state prison.
Kimberly Crain, who pleaded guilty to 20 sex crimes in January, made the admission in a letter written to Pottawatomie County District Judge John Canavan.
The handwritten letter, dated March 7, is apparently one of several notes Crain has mailed to the judge from the Pottawatomie County jail.
Crain, 50, claims in the letter that female inmates at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center have been following her case “on the Internet and were waiting on me to come.”
“One of the ladies has grandkids in McLoud schools,” Crain wrote. “I've been told by girls that come in here about things that are posted on the Internet, therefore, many have preconceived views. Honestly, I'm scared to death.”
In her letters, Crain has asked the judge to consider giving her probation instead of jail time, saying that she will live with her husband and help with his mail-order business if she's allowed to return to society.
While in court in January, however, Canavan offered Crain little hope of avoiding jail time. Her co-defendant, former Oklahoma Baptist University professor Gary Doby, was sentenced to life in prison for the same crimes.
“The least I can sentence you to is 25 years,” Canavan told Crain following her Jan. 9 guilty plea.
A pre-sentence investigation conducted by a probation and parole officer working for the state Corrections Department does not help Crain's case, either.
“Based upon the background information compiled during this investigation and the seriousness of the charges, it is respectfully recommended that the defendant, Kimberly Ann Crain, be sentenced to a term of incarceration,” the officer wrote in the investigative report.
Letters from Crain to the judge also reveal how the former third-grade teacher's relationship with Doby developed over time.