Calif professor faces molest charges in Missouri -

Calif professor faces molest charges in Missouri

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A California university professor accused of child pornography possession in San Francisco also faces charges in Missouri for allegedly molesting a baby.

Kenneth Kyle, 47, was charged Wednesday with statutory rape, sodomy and promoting child pornography.

Prosecutors also charged Tessa Vanvlerah, 20, of Ballwin, Mo., for allegedly allowing Kyle to victimize her 13-month-old daughter. Vanvlerah faces the same charges, as well as a count of incest.

Authorities in San Francisco arrested Kyle, an assistant professor of public affairs and administration at California State University East Bay, earlier this month after they found hundreds of child porn images on a computer in his South of Market area home and on his laptop.

Investigators probing his computers found information leading them to the St. Louis area, where Kyle had visited Vanvlerah four times in the past five months after the two met on the Internet, according to St. Louis County police. The pair allegedly molested the baby at various local hotels, police said.

Vanvlerah, a single mother and college student, was arrested at her parents' home in the affluent suburb of Ballwin.


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