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Woman says ex-University of Oklahoma professor 'creeped me out'

A now 22-year-old 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.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: October 23, 2013 at 10:32 pm •  Published: October 24, 2013
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Girl critical of prosecutors

The same girl, who knew the defendant since she was 6, said that she had a tense relationship with the prosecution team and indicated that they seemed to be trying to get her to say certain things to incriminate Pellebon.

She even went so far as to cast doubt on the allegations made by one of Pellebon's alleged victims, who was described as “slow” and “special.”

“She kept adding things and changing things,” the 15-year-old said. “She was just like, ‘Oh yeah, this happened.'”

The fathers of two of Pellebon's alleged victims also testified Wednesday morning, one of them by video.

One of the men said he felt uncomfortable following an odd request made by the defendant.

“He wanted her to call him an uncle,” the man, who has two daughters, said during his testimony. “I said, ‘No.' It was inappropriate.”

Unwelcome visits to home

The same father said his discomfort with Pellebon grew when the former professor started to “come over to the house uninvited.” He said the defendant would come over expressly to play a chase-like game with his younger daughter.

“At that point I didn't get it,” he said. “At that point I felt uncomfortable. I don't play ... with other kids (in that way).”

Another father, whose testimony was presented to the jury on large video screens in the courtroom, said Pellebon crossed the line with his children right in front of him, once by throwing his young daughter up in the air and catching her.

The father, who wore sunglasses and spoke in a gravelly voice during his videotaped testimony, said his “suspicions” about Pellebon grew after he spoke with other parents in their social circle.

“My concern was that Dwain was having sexual contact with one or more of the children,” he said.

The father, clad in sunglasses, said he reported his suspicions to the state Department of Human Services. The next day, Pellebon was arrested by Norman police, he said.

Testimony in the trial is expected to last until the end of the week.

Pellebon, who once helped train DHS workers, has been free on bail since shortly after his arrest.

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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