Diablo Valley College Professor in Custody, Charged with Sex Trafficking
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PLEASANT HILL— A Diablo Valley College professor on administrative leave faces nine charges involving sex trafficking. The suspect has been accused by two women, including one woman who is a student at the community college.
Kyle L. Whitemore, a 39-year-old resident of Crockett, is in custody at the West County Detention Facility. Whitemore is ineligible for release on bond, pending a bail hearing scheduled for October 9.
Whitemore joined the faculty at Diablo Valley College in 2014. Whitemore later became a tenured professor. He was formerly the men’s team track and field coach at the college.
The professor was teaching communications studies before the two women reported him. Last year, he allegedly forced a female student and one other woman to engage in prostitution. The allegations against him were investigated by campus police and Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office obtained a Ramey warrant and Whitemore was placed under arrest on September 7. He was booked into the Martinez Detention facility and later relocated to the county lockup in Richmond.
The professor stands accused of trafficking, pandering, and pimping; related to the use of force while engaging in sexual acts. His charges include human trafficking, pandering by procuring, and pimping/soliciting for prostitution. He also faces charges for forcible sexual penetration.
The investigation remains ongoing. Additional victims and anyone with information concerning this case can contact the sheriff’s office at 925-313-2600.