A 65-year-old professor of German language and literature at the University of Georgia has been arrested and charged with prostitution and running a house of prostitution in the Atlanta suburb of Gwinnett County.
According to the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Max Reinhart (not to be confused with Austrian-American theater director Max Reinhardt) was arrested on Thursday and booked into the Gwinnett County jail at around 12:30 p.m. and released after 9:00 p.m. on Thursday night on $4,800 bond.
Reinhart is charged with prostitution and running a house of prostitution. Gwinnett police tracked Reinhart’s operation down when they spotted an ad in the “Transsexual Escorts” section of Backpage.com, a Craigslist-like message board that features an “Adult” section for readers that includes “escorts,” “body rubs,” “dom & fetish” and “male escorts” sections as well as listings for “adult jobs.”
Investigators met Reinhart, who, as an escort, is known as “Sasha,” at a Guest House Inn hotel room. Reinhart reportedly stipulated a $60 fee for a half hour of “services.” He was subsequently arrested.
All University of Georgia employees are expected to report arrests or other run-ins with the law to the Office of Legal Affairs within 72 hours or face possible termination, according to Atlanta’s WSB Radio.
UGA student paper The Red and Black reports that Reinhart’s specialization is “early modern Germany (ca. 1400-1700), and he is author or editor of eight books. Most recently, he edited volume four of Early Modern German Literature, of the 10-volume series Camden House History of German Literature. He has secondary interests in music history, especially the German lied (song) of the 19th century and in Early Christianity and Late Empire.”
(image of Max Reinhart via official UGA bio)
(An early version of this story incorrectly identified “Sasha” as a separate individual.)