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SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — A retired college professor pleaded guilty Wednesday and a former third-grade teacher pleaded no contest to child exploitation and pornography charges after prosecutors said the Oklahoma teacher took photos of her students dancing in their underwear and shared them with the man in Pennsylvania.

Kimberly Crain of Shawnee and retired professor of early childhood development Gary Doby of Bloomsburg, Pa., entered pleas in Pottawatomie County District Court. They had been scheduled for trial Monday.

Judge John Carnavan Jr. sentenced Doby to life in prison on each of the exploitation counts and set Crain’s sentencing for March 22. The judge told Crain she faces a minimum of 25 years, but the prosecutor said he’ll seek the maximum.

“He (Doby) sat up and took responsibility. She didn’t,” District Attorney Richard Smothermon said outside court. “The only way justice is done is that they never get out prison.”

Crain and Doby were ordered to stand trial in May on multiple counts of sexual exploitation of a child under 12 as well as conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation and lewd molestation. Crain also was charged with multiple counts of possession of juvenile pornography.

Under Oklahoma law, Doby, 66, can apply for parole in 38 years.

“He will be eligible when he’s 104. I don’t think he’s going to make it,” Smothermon said.

At a preliminary hearing, nine students aged 9 to 11 testified that Crain took photos of them in her classroom in McLoud, 30 miles east of Oklahoma City, and during a pizza party at her home in Shawnee while they were wearing tank tops and underwear. Prosecutors said Crain then shared the images with Doby.

Among the witnesses was a 9-year-old old girl who said Crain told her to open her legs and dance as Crain took photos.

Another former student testified that she and other students went to Crain’s home in November 2011 for a pizza party where they changed into Christmas-themed panties and bras, then hid behind a couch when the pizza deliveryman arrived so he could not see them. Several of the students said Crain told them not to tell their parents what they had done.

Among the evidence introduced in the case were copies of photographs Crain allegedly took of as many as 14 girls, including images that Smothermon said were captured using a hidden video camera that showed the girls naked as they changed clothes.

Crain resigned in November 2011 after the allegations were revealed. Doby, who retired in 2008 as professor of early childhood development at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, was arrested in December 2011 at his home in Pennsylvania and extradited to Oklahoma to face the charges.

Prosecutors say the two met during the 1980s when Crain was a student and Doby a professor at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee.

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