A school campus scandal erupted when a professor was accused of human trafficking and sexual assault.
Diablo Valley College educator Kyle Lee Whitmore was arrested on charges related to the alleged prostitution of two victims.
Who is Kyle Lee Whitmore, Professor at Diablo Valley College?
Kyle Lee Whitmore is a communications instructor who taught courses at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California.
Whitmore was hired by DVC in July 2014 and is also a track and field coach.
Of his employment, he said at the time: “I always had my eye on the Contra Costa Community College District.”
“I was always looking to see if something would open up.
“It was a very difficult decision because of the relationships I have built with my current athletes,” he concluded Mercury News.
What are the allegations against Whitmore?
On September 7, 2023, Whitmore was arrested on nine serious felony charges:
- Two cases of human trafficking
- Two cases of compliance
- Four cases of forcible sexual penetration by a foreign body
- One count of pimping
At arraignment, Whitmore entered no plea and was held in the Contra Costa County Jail.
It also did not specify whether the two alleged victims were DVC students.
Whitmore was also placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.
In a statement, DVC told its community: “This is an ongoing investigation and additional facts remain to be determined.”
“We ask the community to be patient and allow the processes to move forward without making assumptions or contributing to speculation.”
“The district is shocked by the seriousness of the allegations made so far.
“The safety of our students and staff is our top priority.
“We take all allegations of inappropriate behavior by our employees seriously and honor the expectation that our students, staff and visitors must be safe while visiting our campus.”
The college further stated, “The district is grateful to the employees who, through appropriate training, were able to identify a serious situation and quickly report it to our law enforcement services, who subsequently communicated with the sheriff’s office and district attorney.”
The Contra County Sherrif’s Office has asked anyone with information to come forward by contacting the Investigations Division at (925) 313-2600.
Police also urged anyone with information to call the district attorney’s hotline at 925-957-8658 or the national hotline at 211.