Ex-Cal State East Bay professor pleads not guilty child abuse charges

Resigned Monday from teaching post in public affairs

A former professor pleaded not guilty in federal court in San Francisco Wednesday to five criminal charges, including crossing a state line to commit child sexual abuse and producing child pornography.

Kenneth Kyle, 46, of San Francisco, a former assistant professor of public affairs and administration at California State University, East Bay, was indicted on the federal charges on April 1. He is separately charged in Missouri with raping a 1-year-old girl and producing child pornography in that state.

Kyle resigned Monday from his teaching post, according to university spokeswoman Monique Beeler. He joined the CSUEB faculty in 2006 and previously taught sociology at Pennsylvania State University. His not-guilty plea was entered by his defense lawyer, David Bigeleisen, at an arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Bernard Zimmerman.

Kyle, dressed in red Alameda County jail clothing, said nothing during the brief court appearance. He agreed last month to waive a detention hearing and is being held in custody without bail. Kyle is due to return to court April 29 for a status conference before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White, the trial judge assigned to the case.

The federal charges include one count of crossing a state line for purposes of aggravated sexual abuse of a child between August and October 2009. That charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison upon conviction. The other charges are producing, distributing, transporting and possessing pornography.

The alleged victim's mother, Tessa Van Vlerah, 20, of Ballwin in St. Louis County, Mo., is charged in the indictment with one count of producing child pornography depicting her own daughter between August and October 2009. Van Vlerah is in custody in St. Louis County on $2 million bail.

Both Kyle and Van Vlerah face two sets of charges in Missouri. In St. Louis County, they are each accused of four Missouri state counts of raping Van Vlerah's daughter, sodomy, promoting child pornography and committing or promoting incest.

They were also indicted by a federal grand jury in St. Louis on March 31 on one count of producing child pornography between March 1 and March 15, 2010.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Apr 8, 2010 at 4:43 pm

I'd really like to know the process that turns a guy into this.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Amador Estates
on Apr 9, 2010 at 12:06 am

I'll tell you what it is, lousy pay by Cal State East Bay. If they actually paid people a decent salary there, he wouldn't be so out of control.

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Posted by lnmart
a resident of Val Vista
on Apr 9, 2010 at 9:26 am

Anonymous, your post made me laugh, not because I think it's funny, but because you must be incredible obtuse and simple minded to connect some unrelated dots between low pay and child molestation.

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Posted by disgusted
a resident of Rosewood
on Apr 9, 2010 at 2:25 pm

This whole situation is sick and twisted. I don't believe anything can make someone do something like this, just pure evil. The mother is even worse than this man, who offers up her BABY??? I am trully sickened by this story. These people are so sick I do not believe they are able to be rehabilitated and this type of offense is the only thing I believe in the death penalty for. Prevent sick pervs like this from ever stealing the soul of another innocent child.

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Posted by downtown
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 12, 2010 at 8:56 pm

why don't they say it's a Berkeley Professor?! Hiding the facts!

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