University of Oklahoma professor resigns amid sex abuse charges

A University of Oklahoma professor accused of sex crimes involving teenage girls has resigned from the university, school officials say.
BY ANDREW KNITTLE aknittle@opubco.com Published: December 22, 2011

A University of Oklahoma professor accused of sex crimes involving teenage girls has resigned from the university, school officials say.

Dwain Pellebon resigned Tuesday, OU spokeswoman Catherine Bishop said.

The social work professor had been on administrative leave without pay since Friday.

Pellebon was arrested Dec. 9 after a McClain County child welfare worker reported that a teenage girl had seen the professor molest a 13-year-old girl.

The state Department of Human Services worker also reported that Pellebon had raped a mentally disabled 15-year-old girl at least twice, court records show.

Pellebon, 54, has denied any inappropriate behavior with the girls. Attempts to reach the professor for comment have not been successful.

Bishop said she couldn't release the suspect's letter of resignation because it's a personnel matter, but did say that OU officials had requested that Pellebon formally quit his job.

‘Red flags were there,' student says

Social work graduate student Mary Beth Henschel, who first met Dwain Pellebon two years ago as an undergraduate, said the professor did a number of things over the past 24 months “that should've been bright red flags, at least looking back,” including a shirtless photo of him holding a sword, wearing a snake bracelet and standing in front of a leopard-print sheet.

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