MARTINEZ — Prosecutors in Contra Costa County have charged a Diablo Valley College faculty member and athletics coach with nine felonies in relation to human trafficking and other sex-related crimes, authorities said.
Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 39-year-old Kyle Whitmore, of Crockett, on Sept. 7, according to a statement from Contra Costa District Attorney spokesperson Ted Asregadoo. He was being held without bail Tuesday morning at the Martinez Detention Facility, according to jail records.
According to court documents, prosecutors have charged Whitmore with two counts of human trafficking, two counts of pandering, one count of pimping and four counts of forcible sexual penetration with a foreign object.
A profile no longer posted on the DVC web site once listed Whitmore as the school’s head track and field coach. He still was listed on the school’s site Tuesday morning as a faculty member in the communication studies department.
DVC officials did not immediately return messages seeking comment. An email to Whitmore’s faculty email was not answered immediately.
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According to Asregadoo, prosecutors allege that Whitmore trafficked two victims to commit crimes of prostitution. The first victim — referred to as Jane Doe No. 1 — told authorities at DVC about her situation; the follow-up investigation by DVC police and the sheriff’s office led to Whitmore’s arrest, Asregadoo said.
Whitmore was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon.
Authorities are still investigating and asked anyone else with information to contact the sheriff’s office at 925-313-2600. They also urged anyone in the throes of human trafficking or who knows someone that is to call 925-957-8658 or the national helpline at 888-373-7888.
This is a developing report. Check back for updates.