NORMAN — A young woman testified Wednesday that former University of Oklahoma professor Dwain Pellebon “creeped me out” when she woke up at his Norman home following a sleepover years ago.
“When we woke up, he was watching us sleep,” the 22-year-old woman said. “Just sitting there. Kinda creeped me out.”
The defendant was painted by witnesses as the kind of man who made people feel uncomfortable, either by his questionable touching of young girls or because of the strange requests he would make.
Pellebon was arrested in December 2011 and charged with numerous sex crimes against children in Cleveland County District Court. He resigned his job as a social work professor shortly thereafter.
The jury trial, which started Tuesday afternoon, has been delayed numerous times due to legal wrangling. The effects of the delays were evident as many of the young witnesses appeared to have trouble recalling what they had told investigators during previous interviews.
The jury is made up of eight men and four women.
Victims and their parents will not be named by The Oklahoman to protect their identities.
Made to feel ‘uncomfortable'
The 22-year-old woman testified that Pellebon would give her back massages and watch her use a massage chair “that shook our upper bodies. Our breasts would shake,” the woman said. “He would just sit there and watch.”
The woman said she met Pellebon when she was about 15 and that he had a closer relationship with her younger sister.
During testimony, it was revealed that Pellebon kept a “really, really big” photo of the 22-year-old's sister — described as “poster sized” by a prosecutor — in his office on the OU campus. The woman pointed out that Pellebon didn't have large photos of his own children in the office.
“It just all made me feel uncomfortable,” the woman said.
One girl, now 15, said she woke up one morning and saw Pellebon “petting” a sleeping young girl from her head to her ankles. She said it happened again, to the same girl, some time later.
“I didn't know what to think,” the girl said of the “petting” incident. “I told (the other girl) when she woke up. She was kind of shocked but she got over it.”
The 15-year-old witness testified that Pellebon made her feel uncomfortable on numerous occasions but denied that she ever saw him touch any girls in their “private areas.”