Child sex trial continues as witnesses testify against former OU professor
NORMAN, Okla. — A young victim testified Friday about the sexual advances she endured at the hands of a former OU professor, accused of sex crimes.
Dwain Pellebon faces multiple felony charges related to allegations that first surfaced nearly two years ago.
Pellebon kept his silence as he left a courtroom at the Cleveland County Courthouse Friday. The former OU professor is charged with three counts of sexual abuse and six accounts of lewd indecent proposals with girls under sixteen.
The trial, which started this week, continued Friday as the jury heard from prosecution witnesses.
The woman who reported Pellebon to DHS, a former family friend, told the jury she always felt that Pellebon would, in her opinion, be inappropriately too close to the children at family get togethers.
According to court documents Pellebon described himself to investigators as “being sensual and stated that he was a sexual being.”
Pellebon’s defense team argued this woman had a mission to catch Pellebon as a predator and her only issue with him was that he was “creepy” and creepy is not criminal.
The prosecution’s next witness Friday was one of the alleged victims, who is mentally handicapped. She took the jury through the first time Pellebon allegedly touched her inappropriately.
In 2011 the victim told investigators Pellebon “showed her the parts of the body you weren’t supposed to see and kept track of her menstrual cycle.”
Pellebon told the same investigator “he loved the alleged victim and cuddled her as a way of showing affection,” and “admitted to stripping her naked to apply medicated cream to her body in the shower”
Both witnesses expressed their long time concerns about Pellebon in court Friday, but his defense team argued he was a man who would go out of his way to protect and love the children close to him. Testimony continues next week.