NORMAN — A suspended University of Oklahoma professor was formally charged Monday with rape and other sex crimes involving teenage girls.
According to court documents, Dwain Pellebon was arraigned on two counts of rape, two counts of lewd acts with a child and two counts of child sexual abuse.
Authorities arrested Pellebon, 54, last week after receiving allegations that the social work professor had sexually abused at least two teenage girls in the past two years.
Pellebon has denied any inappropriate behavior with the girls.
Search warrant affidavits show that authorities were alerted by a child welfare worker out of McClain County.
A state Department of Human Services worker told Norman police that a 13-year-old reported seeing Pellebon fondle another 13-year-old during a sleepover at the suspect's Norman home, according to a search warrant affi
The girl was interviewed by police last week, telling investigators she woke up in Pellebon's residence at least twice, with the suspect lying behind her and touching her “from her hair to her ankles,” according to a probable cause affidavit filed Monday in district court.
Records show the alleged abuse of the girl began when she was 11.
The McClain County worker also told police she believed Pellebon had abused a mentally disabled 15-year-old girl, who has shown “recent sexualized behavior,” the affidavit states.
The 15-year-old girl told police Pellebon had raped her at least twice, once in 2010 and once this past summer.
The girl also said the suspect would frequently remove her from bed, strip off her clothes and display her on a bed for viewing.
Pellebon admitted to stripping the girl's clothes off but said he did it to apply medication due the victim's unspecified skin condition.
He told investigators he applied medicated cream to the girl's “chest, back and butt” while the two were alone in his master bedroom.
The 15-year-old victim also revealed to investigators that Pellebon kept track of her menstrual cycle and showed her “the parts of the body you
And while he denied any sexual contact with the victims, Pellebon did describe himself to investigators as an “affectionate, sensual man who liked to hug, kiss, cuddle and stroke young girls that he felt close to,” according to court documents.
The professor, free on $75,000 bail, told police during an interview at his house that he'd viewed child pornography “one time” but that he'd never downloaded any.
In 2001, Pellebon was investigated by DHS under similar circumstances but no charges were filed because the alleged victim — the daughter of a former Norman police officer — failed to give investigators a statement, documents show.
On leave without pay
Pellebon, who was on medical leave before his arrest, has been placed on administrative leave without pay, OU spokeswoman Catherine Bishop said.
Bishop said the suspect was placed on paid leave immediately after his arrest, but his status changed as more details in the case emerged.
Phone calls and emails to Pellebon seeking comment were not returned.