University professor Max Roland Reinhart was arrested in Gwinnett County Thursday and charged with prostitution and keeping a place of prostitution, according to Gwinnett County Detention Center records.
Reinhart, 65, the A.G. Steer Professor in Goethe Studies in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, was booked at 12:29 p.m. and released at 9:15 p.m. on $4,800 bond.
According to reports in the Athens-Banner Herald, Reinhart was arrested by Gwinnett County police after the professor dressed up as a woman and agreed to have sex with an undercover officer. Reinhart was found through the website Backpage.com, which advertises escort services, the Banner-Herald reported.
Reinhart has been at UGA since 1988 and a tenured professor since 1994. His major area of research 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.