Dwain A. Pellebon, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Oklahoma (OU) was suspended yesterday amid allegations of sexual abuse.
“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, reported CNN.com. “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 was arrested Friday, December 9 by Norman Police on two complaints of rape and one complaint of lewd acts with a child under 16.
According to KFOR-TV, Pellebon’s attorney says his client denies all charges.
Pellebon, who had been on family and medical leave since October 5 from OU, was on the board of directors for the Cleveland County chapter of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), an organization that advocates for children in the juvenile court and foster systems. He took a leave of absence from the board earlier this year.
According to his OU website, Pellebon’s courses focus on cultural and human diversity, psychopathology, human behavior, sexuality and human relations.
According to NewsOK.com, Pellebon has not yet been charged and the investigation is ongoing. He has been released on $75,000 bail.