OU Professor Charged With Multiple Child Sex Crimes

Monday, December 19th 2011, 4:06 pm
By: News 9

A University of Oklahoma Professor is formally charged Monday, accused of raping and molesting at least one young girl.

The District Attorney's office issued a warrant for his arrest after he initially failed to appear in court for his arraignment. Dwain Pellebon and his attorney did end up appearing before the judge just a couple of hours ago to face the formal charges against him.

Pellebon faces two counts of first-degree rape, two counts of child sex abuse, and two counts of lewd and indecent proposals with a child under 16.

Last week, police executed a search warrant on Pellebon's Norman home, where they recovered his computer and camera equipment, a journal, and a cardboard box filled with pictures and papers including dates, names and ages of children. They also recovered a pair of girls' underwear that had been torn.

They also executed a search warrant at Pellebon's office at the OU College of Social Work. There they recovered two photo albums containing images of numerous children as well as boxes full of notes, children's drawings and letters.

Pellebon is still out on $75,000 bond. Prosecutors asked the judge to increase his bond to $150,000, but it was denied.

News 9 was told Pellebon does have certain restrictions while he is out on bond. He is under a strict curfew, can't have contact with minors, has a travel restriction and must surrender his passport.

Right now, all charges against the professor involve one victim, but detectives are still looking into whether there were more crimes against him and if there are more victims.

Pellebon is on paid administrative leave from OU.


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