Kimberly Crain, A former McLoud teacher who admitted to taking sexually inappropriate photos of young girls, some her own students, was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to multiple charges.
Kimberly Crain was sentenced Friday to 45 years in prison with counts to run concurrent. She previously pleaded no contest, but changed her plea Friday to guilty to 19 counts of sexual exploitation of a child under 12, possessing child pornography and to lewd molestation……koco.
The judge asked families of victims in the packed courtroom if anyone objected to the change of plea or sentence for Crain. There were no objections.
Crain’s attorney called the following 10 witnesses during her sentencing hearing, all of whom said she is a good person and asked for the court’s leniency: Jack Smith, a minister; Mike Craig, minister; Debbie Reneger, church friend; Rachel Murdoch, church friend; Brian Seborn, church friend; Linda Vaughn, church friend; Dan Reisig, cousin; Dayla Dixon, sister-in-law; Dr. Terese Hall, psychologist; and her husband, Jim Crain.
The former elementary school teacher had submitted a written letter to the court blaming depression, menopause, a persuasive online love interest, an emotionally absent husband and even hypnosis for her crime. The letter had a detailed timeline of events which she stated had prompted her to plead guilty.
In the letter, Crain attempted to reason with the court as to why she took sexually explicit snapshots of girls in her class and then emailed or Skyped them to her online love, Gary Doby, a professor living in Pennsylvania.
“I found myself giving in to all he wanted,” Crain said.
She went on to write, “Gary briefly spoke of his fascinations with young girls, but I didn’t see it as a fetish.”
Crain wrote that during the 2010-11 school year, she emailed Doby some candid photos of girls from her classroom.
“He said it made him smile and feel good, so I wanted to continue to keep him happy,” she wrote.
Crain eventually invited several girls to help her decorate her classroom before the 2011-12 school year. The students were invited to her house to eat pizza, and they were taped as they changed clothes.
“I took some candid snapshots as they played and ate,” Crain wrote.
She emailed those photos to Doby.
Crain also admitted that during Red Ribbon Week at school, Doby persuaded her to place a video camera under a table to get “some underwear shots.”
Crain blames poor health for her poor judgment stating that she suffered from “weight gain, increasingly high cholesterol levels, chronic joint and muscle pain, panic attacks, sleep deprivation and a rapidly changing hormonal balance.”
At the end of the document, Crain pleads with the judge for a second chance to prove her credibility to the court and the community.
Doby pleaded guilty to 18 counts of sexual exploitation of a child under 12, one count of conspiracy to sexually exploit a child under 12 and one count of lewd molestation. He was sentenced to 18 life sentences in January.