SAN FRANCISCO (AP)
A federal appeals court has set aside a guilty plea and prison sentence of a former California college professor for sexually abusing an infant.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1aqsn1y) the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the sentencing judge had injected himself into plea negotiations for Kenneth Kyle by supporting a life term.
Kyle will remain in prison but the ruling means his sentence could eventually be reduced.
Kyle, a former professor at California State University, East Bay, was arrested three years ago after federal agents said they found child pornography on his computer.
Authorities say Kyle and 21-year-old Tessa Van Vlerah took photos while sexually abusing her 13-month-old girl. Van Vlerah pleaded guilty in Missouri to sexual abuse and was sentenced to 30 years to life.
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