Two UGA professors have been charged this month in separate incidents of soliciting prostitutes, both using Backpage.com. The police have had renewed interest in the site after a man claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint by a woman he met through the Village Voice Media sponsored service.
Backpage.com sued the state of Washington earlier this month, "saying a new law that would require classified advertising companies to verify the ages of people in sex-related advertisements is invalid," after a law was passed in that state to cut down on child sex trafficking. Fox News reports that "Last month, the mayors of nearly 50 cities across the U.S....signed a letter urging Village Voice Media to require identification for people posting escort ads on Backpage.com."
Max Reinhart and Bobby James Stanton
Max Reinhart, a tenured German Literature Professor at the University of Georgia, is also a seeker of illegal thrills via prostitution. Using the name, "Sasha," Mr. Reinhart unwittingly arranged a meeting using the transsexual escort services section of Backpage.com with an undercover detective at a local motel. Reinhart has been a tenured professor since 1994 at the University of Georgia.
Reinhart dressed up as a woman and went to the meeting place, where he offered his would-be-lover $60. for a half hour of earthly pleasure. Once money changed hands, the poor guy got busted and his unfortunate mug shot made the rounds on the internet.
For now, Reinhart can keep his professorship, as reported by ABC News. Reinhart will not re-enter the classroom, but he will be paid until May of next year, regardless of the outcome of his court battle. He faces misdemeanor charges of prostitution and keeping a house of prostitution and could go to jail for a year.
Bobby James Stanton, 51, was one of nine arrested in a sting. He was arrested on Thursday and charged with pandering, also using Backpage.com, as reported by redandblack.com. There is a level of pity for these professors, who will undoubtedly regret their actions after getting caught with their pants down. One wonders how many times this has happened in the past; in fairness, prostitution is typically not exactly a top priority for law enforcement officers.
Perhaps the good UGA professors should learn how to keep it in their pants.