Prostitution Case Against Ex-FDU Prof Heads to New Mexico's Top Court

Case against two academics prompted calls for new laws around prostitution websites

The New Mexico Supreme Court will hear arguments next month in the case of a now-retired Fairleigh Dickinson University professor and former university president accused of running an online brothel, the Albuquerque Journal reported Wednesday. 

Albuquerque authorities had a, and ex-University of New Mexico president F. Chris Garcia ran "Southwest Companions,” a website that linked prostitutes with johns and offered tips on how to spot undercover officers. 

The prosecution hit a snag when a New Mexico judge said grand jurors hearing the case would have to be told of his ruling that a website message board could not be considered a "house of prostitution," the report said. 

Prosecutors countered that the judge overstepped his authority and oral arguments are set to begin in New Mexico Supreme Court on Feb. 6. 

The case has touched off calls for updated laws to account for digital prostitution operations. Authorities charged the website served as a "virtual" house of prostitution, but legal experts have said pre-Internet statutes don't address online activity. 

Flory and Garcia were arrested by Albuquerque police in 2011 and charged with promoting prostitution. Police never accused the two academics of profiting from their alleged activity and an investigator told Patch that Flory ran the virtual brothel as a "hobby."


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P. Alexander January 03, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Interesting how the HuffPost mentions Fairleigh Dickinson U. as the employer of the ex Professor in its lead, but fails to mention The University of New Mexico as the employer of the ex President, the more senior role involved. This "oversight" misleads readers and suggests the FDU Presidency is involved, which it is not. Nice.
Noah Cohen January 03, 2013 at 04:14 PM
We are a Teaneck-focused publication so the FDU connection is the focus and the headline for local readers. The article says the other individual was the "ex-University of New Mexico president."
John Santaella January 03, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Just goes to show that with a college education one can earn more money.


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