UPDATE, October 20, 2020: After this story was first published in 2011, Dwain Pellebon was acquitted of all charges against him. In 2014, the presiding judge granted a full expungement of the charges and arrest, which were “deemed never to have occurred,” after finding that the harm to his privacy and the “dangers of unwarranted adverse consequences” outweigh public and safety interests.
A jury acquitted the former University of Oklahoma social work professor of sexual offenses involving children, The Oklahoman newspaper reported.
After the verdict was announced in 2013, Pellebon told reporters “I’m feeling vindicated,” the newspaper reported.
“From the very beginning, I stated to university administrators that there’s a second side to this story and this story was going to be told,” he added.
ORIGINAL STORY – First published December 14, 2011: A University of Oklahoma professor has been suspended amid allegations of sexual abuse, school police said Tuesday.
“OU officials acted swiftly to suspend (Dwain Pellebon) from any contact with students and from use of any university facilities,” said Catherine Bishop of the university police department.
“In accordance with university procedure, he was immediately placed on administrative leave with pay until more of the facts of the investigation are known at which time it could be changed to without pay.”
The 54-year-old associate professor teaches social work. Norman police arrested him Friday on two complaints of rape in the first degree and one complaint of lewd acts with a child under age 16, CNN affiliate KFOR reported.
Official charges have not been filed.
“We can say there is one alleged victim, and we are working to determine if there are any additional victims,” Tom Easley with the Norman Police Department said, according to KFOR.
An attorney for Pellebon told KFOR that his client denies all the allegations against him.
The university’s web page says Pellebon teaches a course on human sexuality, described as “an examination of sexual behavior, gender differences and sexual values.”
CNN’s Joe Sutton and Ed Payne contributed to this report.