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Former Cal State East Bay Assistant Professor Sentenced To 450 Months In Prison For Aggravated Sexual Abuse Of Child

March 9, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO - Kenneth Martin Kyle pleaded guilty and was sentenced late yesterday afternoon to 37 and a half years in prison and ordered to pay $50,000 in restitution for traveling across state lines to sexually abuse a child, United States Attorney Melinda Haag announced.

In pleading guilty, Kyle admitted that in August, 2009, he traveled from San Francisco to St. Louis for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts with an infant victim. Immediately following his guilty plea, which was pursuant to a plea agreement with the United States, Kyle was sentenced by United States District Judge Jeffrey S. White.

“It is my hope that the sentence Mr. Kyle received sends a strong message about the abhorrent conduct in this case,” U.S. Attorney Haag said. “Protecting children from sexual predators is an important priority. My office will continue to work diligently with our partners in law enforcement to track down and prosecute sexual predators to the fullest extent of the law.”

At the time of his arrest, in March, 2010, Kyle was an Assistant Professor of Justice Studies at California State University East Bay. He came to the attention of the FBI when undercover agents discovered that he was sharing child pornography over a peer-to-peer file sharing network. The FBI passed this information along to San Francisco police officers who obtained a search warrant for Kyle’s San Francisco apartment. During the search of Kyle’s apartment, they found computers containing child pornography. Because Kyle was out of the country at the time, San Francisco police officers shared their information with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

“Nothing is more gratifying than seeing someone like this go to prison for a very, very long time where he will no longer have the opportunity to harm children in such a horrible fashion,” said Clark Settles, special agent in charge for the ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) office in San Francisco. “HSI will use every tool at its disposal to track down those who would harm our children and see that they are brought to justice.”

During his plea hearing, Kyle admitted to molesting a 5-month old infant in St. Louis over several months. The infant victim’s mother currently faces federal child pornography charges in California and Missouri, and has already pleaded guilty to state child molestation charges in Missouri.

Kyle, 47, of San Francisco, was indicted by a federal Grand Jury on April 1, 2010. He was charged with Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2241(c); Production of Child Pornography, in violation 18 U.S.C. § 2251(c), Distribution of Child Pornography, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252(a)(2), Transportation of Child Pornography, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252(a)(1), and Possession of Child Pornography, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252(a)(4)(B). Under the plea agreement, Mr. Kyle pleaded guilty to Count One of the Indictment.

Owen Martikan is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Rosario Calderon. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations. This investigation also involved significant assistance from the FBI, the San Francisco Police Department, St. Louis Police Department, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri.

(Kyle indictment )



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