SHAWNEE, Okla. — A trail date has been for Jan. 14 in the case of a former McLoud Elementary School teacher accused of taking inappropriate pictures of her students and sending them to a former Oklahoma Baptist University professor.
The Pottawatomie County District Attorney said Kimberly Crain and Gary Doby face several charges of sexual exploitation of a child under 12 years old and possession of juvenile pornography.
They both face one charge of lewd molestation.
Crain and Doby were brought in front of the judge to hear their scheduled trial date but Crain’s attorney announced his plans to request to have the trial moved elsewhere.
Crain’s attorney, Cregg Webb, said he wants the two tried separately and he believes the trial won’t be fair in Pottawatomie County.
“There’s nobody that has not heard of this case,” fellow defense attorney Robert Butler said.
Butler is Doby’s attorney and he said he can understand why Webb wants the trial moved.
“With all the social media we have now it’s just widespread everywhere and I assume parents are furious,” Butler said.
Prosecutors said Crain invited her students home and took lewd photos of them changing clothes.
They said the pictures were sent to Doby, who lived in Pennsylvania at the time.
District Attorney Richard Smothermon said Crain would also make the students talk to Doby on a web cam in her classroom.
“A lot of parents are angry in this case because there’s a lot of victims and mix into that the fact this happened at a school where kids are supposed to be safe,” Smothermon said.
Emotions aside, the DA said 12 fair jurors can be found and he wants this pair’s case to remain in Shawnee.
Attorneys expect to be back in court Dec. 12 and the DA said they should know more about where this trial will be held.
Both Crain and Doby have pleaded not guilty to all the charges against them.