Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, May 27, 2011
(05-26) 17:12 PDT HAYWARD -- A former college professor pleaded guilty Thursday in San Francisco to a child sexual abuse charge that could send him to federal prison for at least 30 years.
Kenneth Kyle, 47, of San Francisco, who had been an assistant professor of public affairs and administration at Cal State East Bay in Hayward for four years, admitted in U.S. District Court that he crossed state lines in August 2009 to have sexual contact with a minor.
The federal grand jury indictment did not identify the minor. But another indictment in St. Louis accuses Kyle and Tessa VanVlerah, 21, of Ballwin, Mo., of molesting VanVlerah's 13-month-old daughter, with the mother's consent.
Kyle resigned from the university last year. VanVlerah is also facing state and federal child molestation and child pornography charges in California and Missouri.
Kyle's plea agreement with prosecutors calls for a 30-year sentence, the minimum set by law, said defense lawyer David Bigeleisen. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White will decide whether to accept that agreement at a sentencing hearing scheduled for Aug. 11.