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  • Justin DeCastro
    Mar 18, 2010
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      The original article can be found on SFGate.com here:
      Thursday, March 18, 2010 (SF Chronicle)
      CSU East Bay professor charged with child porn
      Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Writer

        (03-17) 17:48 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- An assistant professor in public
      affairs and administration at Cal State East Bay has been charged in San
      Francisco with possessing child pornography, authorities said Wednesday.
        Kenneth Kyle, 47, was arrested Monday at San Francisco International
      Airport, where he was returning from a trip to Europe, prosecutors said.
      He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.
        FBI agents in Virginia concluded in December that Kyle had shared child
      pornography files via computer from his home in the South of Market, said
      Brian Buckelew, spokesman for District Attorney Kamala Harris.
        The agents contacted San Francisco authorities, who served a search
      warrant on Kyle's home March 10. FBI agents allegedly had already found
      150 images of child pornography that had been sent to his computer, and
      Buckelew said more images were located at his home and on his laptop
        Kyle was charged Monday under state law with one count of possessing child
      pornography and one count of child exploitation, and he posted $55,000
      bail. It is unclear whether he will also face federal charges.
        He did not return calls seeking comment.
        "These are highly disturbing images - it's an incredibly disturbing case,"
      Buckelew said. "The images are the most offensive you can imagine."
        Kyle has been on the faculty at Cal State East Bay in Hayward for four
      years. Before that, according to his academic biography, he was an
      associate sociology professor at Pennsylvania State University. There, he
      taught undergraduate classes in sociology, behavioral sciences and women's
        Kyle has written books about homelessness and school shootings. He is
      listed as an editor of Social Problems Forum, newsletter of the Society
      for the Study of Social Problems, and is a former chairman of the group's
      divisions on educational problems and juvenile delinquency.
        He was still on active status at Cal State East Bay as of Wednesday, said
      Monique Beeler, spokeswoman for the university.
        His colleagues expressed shock at the news of his arrest.
        "I thought he was a very sincere person," said Jong Jun, a professor
      emeritus and a former chairman of the department of public administration.
      "He was a good scholar; he was always doing research."
        The department's current chairwoman, Toni Fogarty, said she had not
      learned of Kyle's arrest until Wednesday and had no comment.

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