Crain Appears On Sex Charges In Pottawatomie County


Friday, December 16th 2011, 1:13 am
By: News 9


Kimberly Crain was peppered with questions as she walked into the Pottawatomie County courthouse, but she refused to answer any of them.

The former 3rd grade teacher from McLoud is accused of taking lewd pictures of some of the girls in her class, but she pleaded not guilty to the multiple child porn charges levied against her.

In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Pottawatomie County DA Richard Smotherman said, "We know and have identified at least 14 victims. One as late as last night. We believe there are other victims."

The teacher's fall from grace has rocked the small school district of McCloud. And now we are learning about more disturbing allegations including children being asked to undress inside the classroom and secretly being taped.

"There was actually a garbage bag tent that was erected," said McLoud Police Chief Gary Roe. "We're not sure how long, how many times the garbage bag tent was erected in one of the corners of the room and there was some video taking of children changing."

Court papers reveal incriminating evidence was also found on Crain's classroom computer. It also reveals Crain would take select girls to a corner of the classroom and have them take off their clothes down to their bras and panties.

Many of the families were in the courtroom today to face Crain, and have already filed a civil lawsuit against her.

Joe Vorndran an attorney who represents families of some of the victims said, "They are very frustrated. They're good parents. They talk to their kids. They do homework with their kids. They felt like something like this couldn't have happened under their nose, but yet it did because they also taught their kids to trust their teacher."