SHAWNEE — A judge sentenced former McLoud schoolteacher Kimberly Crain to 45 years in prison Friday for sex crimes against children.
Crain, who cried as she was sentenced, will need to serve at least 37 years before becoming eligible for parole.
She had pleaded guilty to 20 sex crimes.
In the same case, former Oklahoma Baptist University professor Gary Doby pleaded guilty to sexually exploiting at least nine schoolgirls. He was sentenced to life in prison.
During the defendants' preliminary hearing in May, which featured testimony from several of the young victims, it was revealed that Doby would make perverse requests of Crain's female students.
One of the girls testified that he knew each of them by name.
“One time he made me stick the camera in my mouth,” one of the girls said.
The same girl said that Crain would ask her to do sexually suggestive dance moves, one called the “Happy Hobo Dance,” and described an instance when the former teacher gave her some direction before a photo session.
“She told me to stick my butt out, so I did,” the girl said.
“And she took a picture.”
Crain was arrested 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 following the so-called “Christmas party,” which led to the downfall Crain and Doby.
The girl described her mother's reaction when she revealed what her teacher had asked her to do.
“She went in the bathroom and cried,” the girl said.
Chapter comes to a close
Crain's sentencing brings to a close a dark chapter a rural community's history.
The arrest of the teacher in December 2011 and the lurid details that followed cast a pall over McLoud and its 4,000 residents.
Parents of the exploited girls are suing the school district, an institution that was once the pride of the small town.