More on Kenneth Kyle, Professor Accused of Sex Crimes with St. Louis Infant


Kenneth Kyle
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Kenneth Kyle, a 46-year-old college professor in California, is the other party named in sex crimes charges announced Thursday by St. Louis County Police involving a 13-month-old girl.

Kyle and Tessa Vanvlerah, 20, of Ballwin, met on the Internet and arranged a sex rendez-vous involving Vanvlerah's daughter.

Before the charges announced Thursday, Kyle already faced child porn allegations by the FBI. Kyle was arrested on March 15 at San Francisco International Airport after getting off a plane from Austria.

That arrest, according to the SF Appeal, "stemmed from an FBI monitoring operation based in Virginia in December, when file sharing of graphic images of sexual abuse of young children was traced to Kyle's home computer," says an FBI spokesman.

Vanvlerah is in custody at the St. Louis County Jail in Clayton, and Kyle -- an assistant professor of public affairs and administration at Cal State East Bay in San Francisco -- is in jail in San Francisco. While at Cal State East Bay, Kyle serves "as editor of Social Problems Forum: The SSSP Newsletter-the official newsletter of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP)."

Related Stories from SF Weekly:
"Accused Child Porn Professor to be Arraigned Today" (March 25)

"Alleged S.F. Child Porn Prof Suspected of Sex Crimes With St. Louis 13-Month-Old" (March 25)

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