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
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)

(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.

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Dec 13, 2013 3:57 PM CST
Update: On February 6th, 2013, the New Mexico Supreme Court affirmed a NM District Court ruling of July 18, 2012. The NM District Court judge had ruled that that the SWC website, an online message board and a computer account of former University of New Mexico President F. Chris Garcia did not constitute a “house of prostitution.” The justice also said the website was not “a place where prostitution is practiced, encouraged or allowed The DA had to resort to using an extraordinary and unusual method of appeal to the New Mexico Supreme Court. On that appeal, the NM Supreme Court affirmed the District Court’s ruling. My attorney, Robert Gorence, has called on District Attorney Kari Brandenburg “to issue a statement exonerating Dr. Garcia” after owning up to “the mistake she made when she bought in to APD’s flawed investigation and exaggerated charges.” Gorence told the Albuquerque Journal that prosecutors and police know that Garcia “never received a penny from any such activities nor did he control or direct the activities of women who advertised as escorts.” Statements to the media about the alleged conspiracy were “ludicrously false,” he said. It is unfortunate that politically motivated actions by the Albuquerque Police Department (currently under investigation by the US Department of Justice) and the local DA became headline fodder for the sensation-seeking media. On the basis of allegations, the one-sided media had already tried and convicted me in the court of public opinion. The principle of "presumption of innocence until and unless proven otherwise" had been entirely ignored in the pursuit of scandal mongering. There are no charges pending against me, and the case is officially closed. ~~F. Chris Garcia
Jun 24, 2011 2:16 PM CDT
Damnit. I was writing a novel with this exact plot. There's four-hundred pages for the compost heap.
Jun 24, 2011 9:39 AM CDT
Looks like a class on economics. If you can't get a job and you're an entrepreneurial spirit, then be a prostitute. Don't worry, there is always a Congressman Vitter out there some where. <:-)