Abuse of 13-Month-Old Leads to Conviction

Former East Bay professor accepts plea agreement in child abuse, pornography.

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    Authorities say Kyle and 21-year-old Tessa Van Vlerah of Ballwin, Mo. took photos while sexually abusing a 13-month-old girl during Kyle's visits to the St. Louis area.

    A former California college professor has been convicted of sexually abusing a child.

    Kenneth Kyle pleaded guilty on Thursday in federal court in San Francisco to crossing state lines in August 2009 to have sexual contact with a minor.

    The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the plea was part of a deal with prosecutors that would see the 47-year-old Kyle sentenced to 30 years in prison.

    Authorities say Kyle and 21-year-old Tessa Van Vlerah of Ballwin, Mo. took photos while sexually abusing a 13-month-old girl during Kyle's visits to the St. Louis area.

    Van Vlerah is also facing child molestation and child pornography charges. She and Kyle were indicted in California and Missouri.

    Kyle resigned as an assistant professor of public affairs and administration at California State University East Bay after his arrest last year.