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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Former McLoud teacher, retired professor set for trial in child porn case

  • A former third-grade teacher and retired college professor charged in a McLoud child pornography case appeared in court Wednesday, where January jury trial dates were set.
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  • A former third-grade teacher and retired college professor charged in a McLoud child pornography case appeared in court Wednesday, where January jury trial dates were set.
    Kimberly Ann Crain, 49, Shawnee, and Gary J. Doby, 66, of Bloomsburg, Pa., appeared before Pottawatomie County District Judge John Canavan, who set the trial dates for January 14.
    During the hearing, it was announced the defendants were ready for trial. Court records from the hearing show all motions in the cases must be filed by Nov. 19 and all responses by Dec. 12, the day of a scheduled motion hearing.
    Crain's attorney, Cregg Webb, reportedly announced plans to file a motion to move the trial to another county because of the publicity the case has received.
    The co-defendant, a retired college professor, also faces charges in this case and is now being represented by Attorney Robert Butler.
    Crain taught third grade at McLoud Elementary School until she resigned amid an ongoing investigation on Nov. 28.
    Prosecutors allege Crain, while working as an elementary school teacher, took photos of as many as 14 young girls while they were changing clothes, either while in her classroom at the school and some at her home. She then is accused of sharing those images of her students with Doby.
    Both defendants face 18 counts of sexual exploitation of a child under age 12, one count of conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation and one count of lewd molestation. Crain also faces 11 counts of possession of juvenile pornography.
    Before Doby moved to Pennsylvania years ago, he was a professor at Oklahoma Baptist University. Court records show Crain met Doby when he was a professor there from 1985 to 1987, which was the same time Crain was a student studying toward her education degree.
    Both Crain and have previously pleaded not guilty.
    Murder cases set for trial
    In other court action during Wednesday's docket, two defendants in area murder cases filed in 2011 also appeared in court and had their cases set for trial.
    Darin Wheeler, 51, Earlsboro, has a Jan. 14 date to stand trial in the death of his 2-year-old grandson, Justin Cade Netzel.
    A January trial also was set for Heather Checotah, 24, Shawnee, who is accused of stabbing Gina Swain in the parking lot of Chapel Ridge Apartments.
    Watch for updates.

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