McLoud teacher resigns amid claims of improper student photos

A third-grade teacher at McLoud Elementary School has resigned. Police in the central Oklahoma town are investigating allegations she asked female students to pose in underwear for photos and video.
BY ROBERT MEDLEY and BRYAN DEAN Modified: November 29, 2011 at 8:59 pm •  Published: November 29, 2011
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The search warrant called for the seizure from Crain's residence of her computers and cellphones. An inventory of items seized from the home was filed Monday in Pottawatomie District Court. It included three laptop computers, a flash drive, a portable hard drive and an Apple iPod.

A woman who answered Crain's telephone Tuesday morning would not identify herself but said Crain was not available for comment.

Federal involvement

FBI Special Agent Clayton Simmonds said police have requested the FBI's help in the case.

“We will assist Shawnee police in their investigation and determine if there are any violations that can be pursued in federal court,” Simmonds said. “Then we will work with prosecutors to see what venue is a better avenue to pursue charges if the allegations are true.”

Smith said the resignation has caused a bit of a disruption at the elementary school, and a counselor is available for any students who need to talk about what happened.

Smith said he will meet with the principals of the school Tuesday to decide how to fill the open position. A substitute teacher will take over her classroom of about 20 students in the meantime.

Smith said many parents and students are shocked because the allegation “came out of the blue.”

“The vibe of the parents is they liked her and she was doing a good job,” Smith said.

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