UGA German Professor Charged with Prostitution

Max Reinhart of Athens, Ga., arrested in Gwinnett County.



University of Georgia German professor Max Roland Reinhart was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail on Thursday night on charges of prostitution and keeping a place of prostitution.

Reinhart is A. G. Steer Professor in Goethe Studies in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies and a well-known scholar.

According to University policy in the the UGA Office of Legal Affairs,"any current employee charged with a crime (other than a minor traffic offense) shall report being charged with such crime to the Office of Legal Affairs within 72 hours of the employee becoming aware of such charge. Failure to report being charged with such a crime may result in appropriate disciplinary action, including termination of employment."

According to an email from Gwinnett County Police Officials, detectives located an ad in the transsexual escort services section of backpage.com. The subject's name was 'Sasha,' the email said.

Detectives arranged a meeting with "Sasha" at the Guest House Inn (2050 Willow Trail) in Norcross.  The room had been rented by the suspect, Max Reinhart.  The undercover detective and the suspect came to an agreement of $60 for thirty minutes of "services." Reinhart was then taken into custody.
The keeping a place of prostitution charge comes from the room he rented for the purpose of prostitution.

After several hours in custody, Reinhart posted bond and was released from jail Thursday night. Reinhart listed his address on jail documents as Springdale Street in Athens.

Rebecca McCarthy (Editor) June 08, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Wonder what UGA will do about his arrest?
Carol Goerig June 09, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Please, no feeding frenzy. Dr. Reinhart is one of our own, whether we like it or not, and his "crime" is a victimless one. He should resign, with full benefits, and then get help. He and his family need our support, not condemnation and ridicule.
Chatham Murray June 10, 2012 at 12:34 PM
This man lives on Springdale according to Athens Patch.
Chatham Murray June 10, 2012 at 12:36 PM
This dude lives on Springdale. I've missed seeing you. Chatham
Clark Rabb June 11, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Thanks for appealing to the prurient interests of all Patch. When will Athens get a real news source?
Rebecca McCarthy (Editor) June 11, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Clark, if anyone has a prurient interest, I believe it may be Mr. Reinhart, not Athens Patch and not I. What would you like in a news source? And what is news to you? Thanks for your comment.
Clark Rabb June 12, 2012 at 02:40 AM
I don't doubt for a moment Mr. Reinhart's prurient interests. You've reported the story twice in 24 hours. News? It sure isn't a guy trying to get this jollies in a dress on a website. Newsflash: more people google the word "porn" than "weather". You'd have gotten paid more to sell your in-depth coverage of this "story" to the Enquirer. It would have sold more advertising too. You need an agent.
Rebecca McCarthy (Editor) June 12, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Dear Clark, Glad you are reading Athens Patch so closely. The first story ran on Friday; the second story ran today. I believe more than 24 hours lapsed between story one and story two. Perhaps you have been seeing the story on television and in other news sources, i don't know. I don't believe "porn" is involved in Mr. Reinhart's charges. Just his behavior. Patch doesn't sell stories to other publications. Oh, I already have an agent, but thanks for your concern. And for your comments.
Clark Rabb June 12, 2012 at 02:53 AM
72 hours makes the story that much more irrelevant ... and punitive. Nice straw man argument regarding porn, your ability to sell garbage and public concern. How many people are cheating on their spouses, engaging in homosexual activity or even hetero-transvestism in 5 Points right now? Is it news?
Rebecca McCarthy (Editor) June 12, 2012 at 03:25 AM
In my opinion, what people do in the privacy of their own homes is their business, and frankly, I couldn't care less, as long as those involved as consenting adults. If a prominent someone has defamed gay people publicly as vermin and is found to have had a gay lover for years who rats him out---that seems like a different scenario to me. Or like Elliot Spitzer and the prostitutes. Many people in Georgia consider learned UGA faculty to be role models, etc., and are shocked to find they have feet of clay as do everyone else.
Clark Rabb June 12, 2012 at 05:07 AM
Feet of clay indeed. Does Elliot Spritzer's private, moral indiscretions trump all the good he did for US or the people of New York. Can't wait until you spit on the sidewalk. Only you know in your heart if you are a hypocrite. Your chasing of this story is bunk and sounds like (from your last post) a vendetta. Gross. PS It's "I could care less"
Rebecca McCarthy (Editor) June 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Actually, Clark, the expression is "I couldn't care less." Which means, indeed, I could not care less than I already do, which is not at all.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew June 12, 2012 at 10:08 PM
This just gives a whole new meaning to UGA!
Janet morrison July 01, 2012 at 03:54 AM
It is said that the true character of a man is displayed when he thinks no one is watching. Unfortunately this professors character has been made public. I for one do not want a criminal teaching our youth. He needs to be prosecuted and resign.
Rebecca McCarthy (Editor) July 01, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Janet, I think the issue for Professor Reinhart is more complicated that anyone knows. He is retiring from UGA next spring after years of being a wonderful teacher, scholar and colleague. He's one of the best teachers in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. But he will have no more time i the classroom. And, yes, I'm sure he will be prosecuted.
waltersg July 06, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Amazing someone will pay for that


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