When a professor was charged with sexual assault and human trafficking, the school’s campus was rocked by controversy.
Kyle Lee Whitmore, a professor at Diablo Valley College, was detained on suspicion of two victims’ suspected prostitution.
Who is Diablo Valley College professor Kyle Lee Whitmore?
In Pleasant Hill, California, Kyle Lee Whitmore taught communications courses at Diablo Valley College.
Whitmore, who was hired by DVC in July 2014, is also a track and field coach.
At the time, he said of his employment: “I’ve always had an eye on the Contra Costa Community College District.”
“I always watched to see if anything would come open.
“It was a very difficult decision to make because of the relationships I’ve built with my current athletes,” he concluded to Mercury News.
What are the allegations against Whitmore?
On September 7, 2023, Whitmore was arrested for nine felonious charges of:
- Two counts of human trafficking
- Two counts of pandering
- Four counts of forcible sexual penetration by a foreign object
- One count of pimping
At the arraignment, Whitmore did not enter a plea and was detained at Contra Costa County Jail.
It was also not specified whether the two alleged victims were DVC students.
In regards to the investigation, Whitmore was also placed on administrative leave.
In a statement, DVC told its community: “This is an ongoing investigation and there are more facts to ascertain.
“We ask the community to be patient and allow processes to move forward without making assumptions or contributing to speculation.
“The District is devastated by the seriousness of the allegations that have been raised thus far.
“The safety of our students and staff is our main priority.
“We take seriously any accusations of inappropriate behavior by our employees and honor the expectation that our students, staff, and visitors have to be safe when they visit our campuses.”
The college further stated: “The District is grateful to staff who, through proper training, were able to identify a serious situation and quickly report it to our Police Services, who subsequently communicated with the Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney.”
Anyone with knowledge is urged to come forward by calling the investigation division of the Contra County Sheriff’s Office at (925) 313-2600.
Additionally, the police requested anyone with knowledge to come forward by calling 211 or the district attorney’s hotline at 925-957-8658.