Former professor, teacher accused of exploiting children avoid trial
SHAWNEE, Okla. - A former school teacher and her co-defendant will avoid a trial in a child pornography case.
Wednesday Kim Crain entered a “no contest” plea to charges of sexual exploitation and lewd molestation.
“I don’t think she had much choice,” Pottawatomie County District Attorney Richard Smothermon said. “The investigation was really well done. The evidence was overwhelming. She could not risk facing a jury.”
Crain, a former third grade teacher, stood accused of taking nude and provocative pictures of students.
Some of the alleged activity took place inside the Crain home but a number of the crimes occurred inside her classroom.
The “no contest” plea means that Crain admits there is enough evidence to convict her but she doesn’t admit she broke the law.
“I think there’s some value in taking accountability; she didn’t do that,” Smothermon said.
On the other hand, former professor Gary Doby, who would allegedly Skype with the female victims and shared in the exploitation, pleaded guilty to his charges.
“I’ve got no love lost for Mr. Doby but I appreciate they spared the children having to testify and he stood up and said he was guilty,” Smothermon said. ”He’s serving a life sentence. He won’t be eligible for parole until he’s 104 years old. I don’t think he’s going to make it.”
Officials with the McLoud school district wouldn’t talk about the case.
Some of the victims’ families have filed a civil suit against the district.
Those families also left court without comment.