Columbia Professor Charged With Incest

David Epstein accused of having 3-year relationship with adult daughter
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2010 3:22 AM CST
Epstein, 46, will face up to 4 years in jail if convicted.   (Columbia University)

(Newser) – A well-known Columbia University professor has been charged with having an incestuous relationship with his daughter. Court papers allege that political science professor David Epstein had an apparently consensual 3-year relationship with the woman, who was over 18 when it began, the Columbia Spectator reports. Epstein, who's married to a Columbia professor, is now on administrative leave from the university.

His lawyer has issued a statement asking everyone to remember that "these allegations are nothing more than allegations … We’re asking his friends to support him and give him the benefit of the doubt." Sources say the evidence against him includes explicit text messages. (Click for another story of a professor dealing with some unfortunate legal issues.)

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