UGA professor charged with prostitution will retire

A University of Georgia professor charged with prostitution last month will retire from the university – effective at the end of next spring semester.

Gwinnett County police said Max Reinhart dressed up as a woman and offered an undercover officer 30 minutes of sex for $60.

Tom Jackson, UGA’s vice president for public affairs, said an agreement signed Friday after negotiations between UGA and Reinhart’s lawyers will allow the university to avoid a costly and lengthy tenure revocation procedure against Reinhart, a professor of Germanic and Slavic studies.

Reinhart won’t teach any more classes at UGA, Jackson said. Instead, he will be assigned to duties outside the classroom. Other than continuing with his research projects, those new duties haven’t been decided, Jackson said.

Reinhart has taught at UGA since 1988 and was granted tenure in 1994. He was named the A.G. Steer Professor of Goethe Studies in 2007.

Reinhart was arrested June 7 after an undercover officer contacted him through a Web site that advertises escort services, according to Gwinnett police. Police said Reinhart was dressed in a woman’s fishnet body suit and called himself Sasha.

In addition to prostitution, Reinhart also faces a charge of keeping a place of prostitution. Police said he rented a room at the Guest House Inn in Norcross, where he met the undercover officer. Both charges are misdemeanors.

Reinhart was released from jail after posting $4,800 bond. No court dates have been set, according to Gwinnett County court records.

Under terms of the agreement, UGA officials agreed to take no action to revoke Reinhart’s tenure or otherwise terminate his employment, so long as he retires when he promised. Reinhart agreed in writing not to sue the university, the University System of Georgia and the state Board of Regents, and to resign effective May 10, 2013.

More

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 20:41

Rants & Raves