Professors Accused of Running Prostitution Ring

Former University of New Mexico prez arrested

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff | Suggested by jslivacich

Posted Jun 24, 2011 3:07 AM CDT

(Newser) – Academia apparently wasn't spicy enough for a pair of university professors accused of running an online prostitution ring. F. Chris Garcia, a political science professor and former president of the University of New Mexico, and David Flory, a physics professor at New Jersey's Fairleigh Dickinson University, have been arrested for their part in a scheme that police say involved 200 prostitutes in several Southwestern states, the AP reports.

Flory was the kingpin of the "Southwest Companions" network, while Garcia was part of the "hunt club" that sought out new prostitutes, say police, who believe it is a coincidence that two academics are among the ring's top members. The University of New Mexico described Garcia's arrest as "shocking, distressing and deeply disturbing" and said it would comply fully with the investigation, which police believe will lead to racketeering and human trafficking charges against the professors and several other suspects.

New Jersey college professor David Flory has been arrested in New Mexico and is accused of operating a prostitution website.   (AP Photo/Albuquerque Police Department)
This booking photo provided by the Albuquerque Police Department. shows F. Chris Garcia.   (AP Photo/Courtesy Albuquerque Police Department)
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