Recent weeks have seen a number of shocking developments in the case of convicted rapist Kenneth Kyle and Tessa Vanvlerah, the St. Louis-area woman who arranged sexual contact between Kyle and her infant daughter.
Last month, Vanvlerah pleaded guilty to meeting Kyle online and coordinating with the then 46-year old San Francisco resident and Cal State East Bay college professor to travel to her St. Louis suburb and molest her daughter, who was five months old at the time.
Kyle, who resigned from his position at the university last shortly after his arrest in 2010, similarly pleaded guilty to crossing state lines to engage in sexual acts with a minor as well as a number of child pornography charges. His plea agreement with prosecutors calls for a minimum 30-year sentence in federal prison.
Authorities were tipped off to the pair when a FBI sting operation detected the file sharing of sexual images of young children coming from Kyle's home computer.
The U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency reports they found over 500 images and dozens of videos of child pornography on Kyle's laptop; however, officials were uncertain if any of it featured Vanvlerah's daughter.
New reports suggest this incident with her own daughter might not have been the first time Vanvlerah, who is now 20, sexually took advantage of a minor. The Riverfront Times reports:
It's now been reported that in 2008 a St. Louis woman successfully received a restraining order against Vanvlerah, on claims that Vanvlerah seduced and had sex with the woman's 16-year-old autistic son. Vanvlerah then allegedly bragged online that she'd gotten pregnant from the affair.
Could it be, then, that her two-year-old daughter is the product of her molestation of the 16-year-old in 2008? The timing works out, as a child born in 2009 would be celebrating her third birthday in 2012.
SF Weekly notes that, according to Kyle's profile on the CSU East Bay--which has since been removed from the university's website--his teaching interests are listed as "the application of critical theories such as Critical Literary Theory, Feminism(s), Frankfurt School Critical Theory, Marxism, etc., to specific social problems and public policies."
Vanvlerah's sentencing is set for March 15th.