SHAWNEE — A judge has denied a request to reduce bail for a former McLoud schoolteacher facing child pornography charges.
Kimberly Ann Crain, 49, of Shawnee, has been jailed since her arrest on Dec. 4. Her attorney asked that her $1 million bail be reduced to $50,000.
The request indicated Crain was willing to be confined to her home with an electronic bracelet to monitor her whereabouts and agree not to use a cellphone, computer or other electronic communications devices. The request was accompanied by letters of support for her release, mostly from fellow church members.
She faces 23 felony counts in Pottawatomie County District Court, including manufacturing child pornography, conspiracy to manufacture child pornography, possession of juvenile pornography and lewd
Special Judge Dawson Engle said Monday the prison time she faces if convicted is a strong motivation for her to flee, and he expressed concern Crain would seek opportunities to obtain child pornography if released.
If the accusations against Crain are true, she was “bold” in her search for child porn, and the time she's spent in the county jail wouldn't deter that, he said.
Crain is accused of taking sexually explicit photos and video of girls, ages 7 to 11, in her classroom and at her home. The investigation began in November when parents told police Crain took pictures of their daughters dressed in Christmas-themed underwear at a pizza party at her home.
Authorities claim the third-grade teacher was sending the images to Gary Joseph Doby, 65, of Bloomsburg, Pa. He faces eight similar felony counts and is fighting extradition to Oklahoma.
Crain's attorney, Cregg Webb, of Shawnee, said he wasn't surprised by the judge's decision Monday, and plans to appeal.
Engle said he will reconsider reducing Crain's bail after he hears testimony and evidence in her March 6 preliminary hearing.