A prominent University of Georgia professor has been arrested and charged with allegedly prostituting himself for $60 and for allegedly running a prostitution house, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Max Reinhart, a 65-year-old professor of Germanic and Slavic studies, allegedly posed as a woman named "Sasha" in the transexual escort services section of Backpage.com, a well-known classifieds website targeted by activists and law enforcement alike for its featured advertisements.
The ad for transexual services was found by Gwinnett County police detectives, police say, who arranged to meet him at the Guest House Inn near Norcross. Reinhart was in the room when they arrived, police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith told AJC.
Reinhart serves as the A.G. Steer Professor in Goethe Studies in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Georgia, according to the UGA website. The courses he teaches include The Age of Reformation and Early Modern German Literature. He has recently published a paper entitled "The Poetry of Islam in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Empathy — Imagination — Understanding" and is listed as the co-organizer of an international conference called "Reparative Reasoning: Bridging the East/West Divide in the Philosophy and Poetry of Muhammad Iqbal" to be held in October at UGA.
Max Reinhart is not the only professor to be arrested recently.
In March, Wheaton College professor Donald Ratcliff was arrested for allegedly possessing child pornography and two unlicensed handguns, the Christian Post reported. Ratcliff was charged with two counts of Aggravated Child Pornography and was placed on administrative leave. He taught Christian education and child spirituality.
In late spring, Mey Akashah, an instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health, was arrested in Bermuda allegedly trying to illegally smuggle six grams of marijuana in her underwear. According to the Associated Press, she was discovered at the airport by drug-sniffing dogs. On April 30, Akashah pleaded guilty to the crime, the Harvard Crimson reported.
David Epstein Incest Case
Columbia professor David Epstein was charged with <a href="http://www.columbiaspectator.com/2010/12/10/professor-david-epstein-charged-incest-his-daughter" target="_hplink">incest in the third degree</a> in December after it came to light that he was having what appeared to be a consensual relationship with his 24-year-old daughter. Epstein taught political science classes at the university and was married to a fellow professor, Sharyn O'Halloran. He was also a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/10/david-epstein-incest-char_n_794864.html" target="_hplink">Huffington Post blogger.</a>
Colby Professor Sets Up Hidden Camera In Showers
Philip H. Brown, an economics professor at Colby College in Maine, <a href="http://www.kjonline.com/news/colby-professor-resigns-amid-hidden-camera-flap_2011-02-10.html" target="_hplink">was forced to resign in January</a>, after he put a hidden camera in the showers on a school trip to China and filmed students bathing. When confronted, Brown claimed he had also done this on another school trip to China.
University of Michigan Professor Solicits Law School Student Prostitute
In December of 2008, University of Michigan professor Yaron Eliav was <a href="http://www.michigandaily.com/content/crime/university-professor-law-student-plead-guilty-sex-case" target="_hplink">charged with using a computer to commit a crime</a> after he solicited a Law School student over craigslist to engage in prostitution (the student was using the service to pay her tuition and was also charged with using a computer to commit a crime). She and Eliav did not have sex, although he paid her $300 for other acts, including spanking her with a belt. <a href="http://www.michigandaily.com/content/2009-04-13/university-professor-teach-fall-after-being-involved-sex-case" target="_hplink">In 2009,</a> Eliav was allowed to return to teaching at the university.
Harold Bloom's Pass at Naomi Wolf
When writer Naomi Wolf was a senior at Yale in 1983, famed professor Harold Bloom put his hand on her thigh. In 2004, she wrote an article for <a href="http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/features/n_9932/" target="_hplink">New York Magazine </a>about Yale's repeated silence in when she tried to re-address the issue.
University of Georgia Professor Harasses Women For 2 Decades
In 2008, William Neil Bender, a professor of education and communications at the University of Georgia, resigned after 20 years of numerous complaints from students about the professor's sexually suggestive comments. According to the <a href="http://chronicle.com/article/Professor-Accused-of-Sexual/40344" target="_hplink"><em>Chronicle of Higher Education</em></a>, Bender "told female students sexually suggestive jokes, invited them to his lake house to swim and use his Jacuzzi, and made unwelcome remarks about their bodies." However, it wasn't until Bender was accused of sleeping with one of his students by the student's husband, that the professor was forced to resign. "It was disappointing, I would think the University is better than this - 20 years is a long time," said Samantha Kerwin, a senior at the University told the<a href="http://www.redandblack.com/2008/01/31/faculty-left-speechless-by-bender-accusations/" target="_hplink"> <em>Red and Black</em></a>, Georgia's student newspaper.
The Professor Dominatrix
University of New Mexico creative writing professor Lisa D. Chavez was not merely a professor. She also had a lucrative side job as a phone sex dominatrix named Mistress Jade. However, in 2007, when a photo surfaced of Chavez dominating one of her own graduate students, faculty in the New Mexico English department complained. The university launched an investigation into Chavez. According to the <a href="http://chronicle.com/article/In-Professor-Dominatrix/124369/" target="_hplink">Chronicle of Higher Education</a>, the school concluded that although Chavez "had exercised bad judgment but did not find her guilty of allegations of maintaining a hostile learning environment." The matter was not over, however. A <a href="http://chronicle.com/article/In-Professor-Dominatrix/124369/" target="_hplink">spate of resignations and lawsuits </a>in the department followed.
Missouri State Professor And Sex Offender
In 2007, a student alerted Missouri State University to the fact that an assistant professor in biomedical sciences, <a href="http://www.kfvs12.com/story/6443294/professor-resigns-during-sex-offender-registry-inquiry?clienttype=printable&redirected=true" target="_hplink">Eugene Michael Hendrix,</a> was a registered sex offender. In 1983, Hendrix pled guilty to raping a 9-year-old boy and served 3-and-a-half years in prison. He had been teaching at the university since 1995. Hendrix resigned after the allegations surfaced.
The Northwestern University Professor and "The Saw"
J. Michael Bailey, a professor at Northwestern University, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/02/northwestern-university-p_n_830423.html" target="_hplink">got into hot wate</a>r earlier this year, when he conducted a live sex demonstration with a "fucksaw" in the middle of a lecture class. Bailey later apologized for the demonstration. "During a time of financial crisis, war, and global warming, this story has been a top news story for more than two days," Bailey told the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/05/northwestern-professor-apologizes-sex-toy-demonstration_n_831885.html" target="_hplink">AP</a>. "That this is so reveals a stark difference of opinion between people like me, who see absolutely no harm in what happened, and those who believe that it was profoundly wrong."