A tenured transvestite professor at the University of Georgia was arrested for prostitution.
Erin France reports for Athens Banner-Herald, June 8, 2012, that Max Roland Reinhart, 65, a University of Georgia professor of German was arrested Thursday (June 7) evening by Gwinnett County police after dressing up as a woman and agreeing to have sex with an undercover officer, according to Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Jake Smith.
Reinhart faces a charge of prostitution after agreeing to give the undercover officer 30 minutes of sexual service for $60. He also is charged with keeping a place of prostitution for renting a room at the Guest House Inn in Norcross, where he and the undercover officer met.
Gwinnett County police found Reinhart, a professor in UGA’s Germanic and Slavic Studies department, through a website that regularly advertises escort services.
Corporal Smith said, “Yesterday, detectives located, on a webpage called Backpage.com … in the transsexual escort section … a subject named Sasha advertising for Gwinnett.” An undercover officer met Sasha, who later was identified as Reinhart, “dressed in a woman’s fishnet body suit.”
After Reinhart and the undercover officer came to an agreement to exchange 30 minutes of sexual service for $60, the officer arrested the tranny prof.
Reinhart was booked into the jail about 12:30 p.m. Thursday and was released on a $4,800 bond at 9:15 p.m.
Reinhart studies German poet and writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and teaches classes on German music and literature. He holds the A.G. Steer Professorship in Goethe Studies. Reinhart started teaching at UGA in 1988 and has held tenure since 1994.
University officials found out about Reinhart’s arrest after an Atlanta TV called the school. Tom Jackson, UGA’s vice president for public affairs, said this is the first time he can remember a UGA professor being arrested on this kind of charge. Jackson said the university “will take appropriate action.”
Max Reinhart is a tenured professor of an endowed chair (the A.G. Steer Professorship in Goethe Studies), which means his annual salary is in six figures. He obviously isn’t hard up (no pun intended) for money, and couldn’t have offered his “sexual service” because he needed the $60.
Reinhart’s UGA faculty webpage says his Ph.D. was from Ohio State University. In addition to his primary areas of research of Early Modern Germany (ca. 1350-1700) and Late Goethe (1809-32), he has “secondary interests in Late Antiquity and Early Christianity.” He is also a co-translator and editor of a revisionist book on Jesus and Christianity, written by Shalom Ben-Chorin, Brother Jesus: The Nazarene through Jewish Eyes (University of Georgia Press, 2001; paperback 2012).
This is the book description on Amazon.com:
“No matter what we would make of Jesus, says Schalom Ben-Chorin, he was first a Jewish man in a Jewish land. Brother Jesus leads us through the twists and turns of history to reveal the figure who extends a “brotherly hand” to the author as a fellow Jew.
Ben-Chorin’s reach is astounding as he moves easily between literature, law, etymology, psychology, and theology to recover “Jesus’ picture from the Christian overpainting.” A commanding scholar of the historical Jesus who also devoted his life to widening Jewish-Christian dialogue, Ben-Chorin ranges across such events as the wedding at Cana, the Last Supper, and the crucifixion to reveal, in contemporary Christianity, traces of the Jewish codes and customs in which Jesus was immersed. Not only do we see how and why these events also resonate with Jews, but we are brought closer to Christianity in its primitive state: radical, directionless, even pagan.”