Convicted of multiple sex crimes, former McLoud teacher fears for her life

Already convicted of a number of sex crimes against children, a former McLoud elementary schoolteacher reveals to a judge that she fears for her life once she enters state prison.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: March 12, 2013 at 11:44 pm •  Published: March 13, 2013

Crain and Doby knew each other from their time at Oklahoma Baptist University, back in the 1980s. At that time, Doby was a professor. Crain was a student.

She claims the former OBU professor contacted her husband in either 2008 or 2009 to inquire about weightlifting equipment. It was the first time she had heard from Doby in nearly three decades, the letters reveal.

Crain said she and Doby developed a close friendship as she began taking graduate school classes. She said the relationship “escalated quickly in a direction I never thought possible.”

“By the beginning of the 2009 school year, my relationship with Gary went where it should never have gone,” Crain wrote.

Crain claims the 66-year-old Doby took advantage of her during a vulnerable period of her life. She wrote in the letters that a “hormone imbalance” brought on by menopause and a few sessions with a hypnotist, who she sought out for help losing weight, are possible explanations for her behavior.

In a lengthy letter attached to the presentence investigation report, Crain reveals she sent Doby a “candid snapshot” of a girl sitting in her classroom in McLoud during the 2010-11 school year. She said Doby commented that the photo made him “smile and feel good, so I wanted to continue to keep him happy.”

“After the first of the year in 2011, Gary persistently suggested that I have a sleepover with a few of the girls (from her class),” Crain wrote. “I started becoming very uneasy and wondered what I had gotten myself into. I didn't want to hurt his feelings but was unsuccessful in finding a way to stop.”

Court records show Doby would communicate with girls in Crain's class using Skype, often asking them to do sexually suggestive dance moves or other inappropriate things.

Crain, who depicts Doby as a manipulator, also admitted in the letters that she secretly videotaped girls changing during a party at her house.

Crain is set to be sentenced March 22, records show.


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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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