Former McLoud teacher arrested on complaints of child porn, lewd acts

Kimberly Crain, 47, a former Oklahoma third-grade teacher, was arrested Thursday in Shawnee after allegations surfaced that she took photos and videos of girls wearing underwear.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Published: December 2, 2011
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Deleted photos of nude girls were found on the cellphone of a former McLoud teacher arrested Thursday, a prosecutor said.

Also found on the phone seized from Kimberly Crain, 47, were pictures confirming allegations she dressed up young girls in underwear and photographed them at her Shawnee home, Pottawatomie County District Attorney Richard Smothermon said.

Crain was booked into the Pottawatomie County jail on complaints of possession of child pornography and lewd acts with a minor.

Smothermon said investigators recovered deleted images from Crain's phone confirming the girls' story. He said the girls ranged in age from 7 to 9.

“We recovered pictures showing the children in bras and panties and in poses that can only be described as sexual in nature,” Smothermon said. “We also found on the cellphone images unrelated to the Christmas party which show underage children in sexual poses, which are really graphic.”

Crain resigned from her job as a third-grade teacher Monday after parents told police their daughter was invited to her house for a pizza party and told to dress in Christmas-themed underwear and pose with other students for photos and video.

Parents of another girl complained that Crain's students were asked to chat via Skype several times a week with a man named “Uncle G.” They also told police Crain used her cellphone camera to photograph certain girls posing in the classroom on desks and tables.

Calls to Crain's home went unanswered Thursday.

A group of parents has sued Crain and her husband, Rickey Dale Crain, in Pottawatomie County District Court, attorneys representing the parents said. Court officials said the case was filed under seal, so the details of the lawsuit have not been released.


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