Former OU professor acquitted of sex crimes sues regents, state

A former University of Oklahoma professor acquitted of sex crimes is suing to be allowed to return to his teaching position.
by Matt Dinger Modified: January 29, 2014 at 7:49 pm •  Published: January 29, 2014

A former University of Oklahoma professor acquitted of sex crimes last November is suing the board of regents and the state for not allowing him to return to his teaching position at the school.

Dwain Pellebon, a former social work professor, was acquitted Nov. 1 by a Cleveland County jury of three counts of child sex abuse and six counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child.

Pellebon was arrested in December 2011.

Pellebon was hired by the university in August 1995, and was not disciplined during his tenure. He claims OU “used coercive tactics and contrived statements” to force his resignation on Dec. 19, 2011, even though he maintained his innocence after being arrested and charged, according to the lawsuit.

Pellebon also said the university “vigorously resisted” his application for unemployment before the trial, and has refused to reinstate or hire him again since his acquittal.

Pellebon was threatened with a proceeding designed to strip him of tenure before he tendered his resignation, the lawsuit states. has disabled the comments for this article.
by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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