High-profile Oklahoma convict and disgraced former teacher Kimberly Ann Crain has been moved to a prison in Kansas because state Corrections Department officials fear for her safety, the woman's attorney told The Oklahoman.
It does not appear that Crain was assaulted or involved in any altercations during her short time at the Mabel Bassett Correctional Center in McLoud, the same city she was teaching in before her arrest.
Cregg Webb, the woman's attorney, said that Crain is unhappy with the decision, despite letters she wrote to a judge shortly before she was sentenced expressing fear for her own safety in Oklahoma prisons.
Crain was convicted in January of 20 sex crimes against children, many of them her former students, and sentenced two months later to more than four decades behind bars by Pottawatomie County District Judge John Canavan.
Before being transferred to the reception center at Mabel Bassett, she was held at the Pottawatomie County jail for more than a year.
State Corrections Department officials will only say that Crain has been transferred out of state and is no longer in one of Oklahoma's prisons.
“Usually, when people are moved out of state, it's out of our fear for their safety,” said Jerry Massie, spokesman for the state Corrections Department.
“But I can't say anything about any particular case ... as far as why she was moved.”
Massie said Crain was at Mabel Bassett for about a month after she was transferred from county jail.
“She was single-celled on the receiving unit until she was transferred out of state,” he said.
“She wasn't involved in anything other than going through the assessment and classification process.”
The former McLoud third grade teacher who used Skype, video cameras and elaborate ruses to isolate and exploit the children she has been convicted of abusing, feared for her safety before receiving the lengthy prison sentence.
In a handwritten letter to Canavan dated about two weeks before she was sentenced, Crain expressed grave fears about the possibility of doing time at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center, which is in McLoud.
Crain, 50, claimed in the letter that female inmates at Mabel Bassett 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.”
Yet Webb said Crain would prefer to return to Oklahoma and serve her sentence.
“We are in the process of trying to get her returned to Oklahoma ... she would prefer to be here and would waive any liability to the state if that is possible,” Webb said.
“It would also seem to make financial sense for DOC to house her in Oklahoma rather than pay Kansas to house her.”
Along with the letter addressing her safety concerns, Crain also wrote letters to Canavan describing the evolution of her relationship with co-defendant Gary Doby.
In her other letters, Crain has asked the judge to consider giving her probation instead of jail time and claimed that Doby took advantage of her during a vulnerable time in her life.