Former Oklahoma schoolteacher is a 'monster' to her victims, parents' statements reveal

One of the girls sexually abused by former McLoud schoolteacher Kimberly Crain claims the convict haunts her dreams, according to victim impact statements made by the students' parents.
by Andrew Knittle Published: March 27, 2013
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In the months leading up to the high-profile arrests, Pottawatomie County District Attorney Richard Smothermon said Crain and Doby would conspire to get the girls to Skype with Doby and photographed them in various inappropriate poses. The prosecutor said the abuse of the girls went on for “pretty much the whole 2011 calendar year.”

Doby, who was living in Pennsylvania at the time of his arrest, is a former Oklahoma Baptist University professor who specialized in child education. He and Crain have known each other for the past three decades, but it's believed the pair's relationship turned romantic over the past three or so years.

Smothermon described Doby as a “pure pedophile” who used Crain to gain access to a classroom full of trusting, vulnerable young girls.

Doby, 66, knew each of the girls in Crain's class by name. The girls referred to him as “Uncle G.”

“I spent probably two hours with him. ... he is a monster to children,” the prosecutor said.

“The difference between he and Mrs. Crain is that he recognizes what he is. Recognizes that the feeling he had toward small children is wrong.”

Court records show the girls maintain an awareness of the crimes.

“(My child) has anger issues and has a hard time expressing herself and how she is feeling,” parents of one of the girls wrote in a statement dated March 13. “She is scared when someone tries to take a picture of her. She thinks someone is going to hurt her all the time.”

In addition to a fear of being photographed, many of the girls have suffered academically since the arrests of Crain and Doby in late 2011. At least two of the girls' parents wrote that their child now requires an individualized education program, or IEP, which is typically written for students with learning disabilities.

“(My child) was a straight A student until her third grade year in Mrs. Crain's class,” one parent wrote in statement dated March 4. “(Then), her grades began to drop and (she) was failing. We had to get her in an IEP class where she could get caught back up.”

At least two of the girls have changed schools or will be doing so in the near future, court records show.

Some of the parents wrote in the impact statements that their children have been treated differently at school since news of Crain's secret life became public.

“It has people looking at us like it's our fault this happened, how the girls get treated different at school,” one parent wrote. “We will be switching schools next year.”

‘Rest of her life'

Crain was sentenced to 45 years in prison by District Judge John Canavan. She will be eligible for parole in 37 years, just three years before she turns 90.

Doby was sentenced to life in prison. He would have to live well beyond 100 before he is eligible for parole.

But even though Crain and Doby are, for all intents and purposes, locked away for the rest of their lives, the crimes they committed continue to haunt the victims and their families.

“It is a ‘secret' that everybody knows about and talks about,” a mother of one of the girls wrote in a statement dated March 1. “It will also be something my daughter has to carry around with her for the rest of her life.”

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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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