September 12, 2023
Contact: Ted Asregadoo, Public Information Officer, 925-957-8638
DA Files Nine Count Complaint Against Diablo Valley College Faculty Member
Martinez, California – A faculty member at Diablo Valley College is facing a nine-count felony complaint for human trafficking, pandering, pimping, and other charges related to the use of force while engaging in sexual acts.
39-year-old Kyle Lee Whitmore of Crockett is currently being held without bail at the Martinez Detention Facility after being arrested on September 7th by the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office. Whitmore is an instructor of Communication Studies at Diablo Valley College – where he is also a track coach. It is alleged that Jane Doe #1 and Jane Doe #2 were trafficked by Whitmore to commit crimes of prostitution. Whitmore is also being charged with one count of pimping and four counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object.
Jane Doe #1 reported her situation to authorities at Diablo Valley College. After an investigation by campus police and the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, Whitmore was arrested and taken into custody while the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office reviewed the case for a filing decision. The complaint was filed on September 11th, and Whitmore’s arraignment is scheduled for September 12th at 1:30 pm in Contra Costa Superior Court in Martinez.
Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton said that “There are tools at the local, state, and national level to help curb human trafficking and connect victims to trauma-informed services. For example, our office has a local human trafficking hotline, we have community-based service partners like Community Violence Solutions, and there’s a national toll-free help line that’s available 24/7.”
If members of the public have any additional information about this case, please contact the Investigation Division at the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office at (925) 313-2600. To report acts of human trafficking in Contra Costa County, call the District Attorney’s hotline at (925) 957-8658 or the national helpline at 2-1-1.
Case No. 01-23-02814 | The People of the State of California vs. Whitmore, Kyle Lee