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.

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GADawgMan
GADawgMan

This is the problem with the modern, higher-level learning institutions; that there even exists a Goethe Studies in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Georiga. WTF? What a complete waste of resources and capital. And young graduates wonder why they can't get a job or unemployment is so high for them. Hey, new grad with the degree or education in Goethe studies from the Dept. of Germanic/Slavic studies, become familiar with the phrase "would you like to super-size that value meal?"

Even the professor can't make a living in this ridiculous area of study and had to resort to the oldest profession to make extra income. Pathetic.

kate223
kate223

Hey, GADawgMan, before you start degrading a department, take a culture class first to see what it's all about. If you're pursuing a career in the ever more diverse business world, it would definitely be an asset.

I just completed my minor in German, and I'm about to receive my Bachelor of Science degree in December. While in an interview with a potential employer, he praised my pursuit of a German minor, to my total shock--I thought it was completely irrelevant. However, he said that my varied studies demonstrate that I have the diligence to pursue a study in a foreign language, considerable intellectual capacity, and a unique curiosity for knowledge--all very coveted attributes in an employee. Cool, huh?

P.S. The "A.G. Steer Professor in Goethe Studies" just means that he's distinguished in his area of study of Goethe. You know, he was something special to have at the University, at least until now.

Deborah Chasteen
Deborah Chasteen

It is entirely worthy for a university to host a scholar of Goethe, one of the foremost thinkers and writers of Western culture. Dr. Reinhart's attainments reflect a fine mind engaged with philosophical dialogues over time. What he was charged with harmed no one. I hope it does not affect his standing with UGA; that would be shame indeed.

Dland13
Dland13

No, GADawgMan, the problem here is you and people like you. Ignorant fools like you are taking jobs away from people with the mental adroitness (shall I wait while you look up that definition?) required to learn another language. Assuming that you have a job, I won't presume to know your life, but you are able to post idiotic spiels at 11:46 in the morning, so that does leave one to wonder.

If you had done your research, you would know that there is no degree in Goethe Studies at the University of Georgia. You can, however, major in German, as I am doing. Learning another language demands diligence and creative thinking. And in studying another culture, you also must learn to maintain an open mind, clearly an asset you do not possess.

As you may well (but probably don't unless you googled him earlier) know, Goethe was one of Germany's greatest writers, politicians, and thinkers. He was well-established in the literary community before age 25. What had you done at age 25, GADawgMan?

And although I currently hold a job with a German company (which interestingly enough I required proficiency in the German language to acquire), I may one day have to serve fries to the likes of you. However, should that day come, I will be able to ask you to super-size in 4 more languages than you'll ever be able to stutter out.

GADawgMan
GADawgMan

Sorry to all ye naysayers out there. I stand corrected. It is entirely relevant to study or major in German language and/or Slavic culture. After all, the law of supply and demand tells us that there must be thousands upon thousands of new jobs created each and every month with that requirement. Good for all of you. Every one of you will have a high-paying salary upon graduation.

As for my “enlightenment” … if I wanted to live in Germany or some European rat hole, I would. But I don’t. Best wishes to all of you extremely enlightened, brilliant and forward thinking students. Just remember, it is my tax dollars that will pay for your welfare and unemployment, or, maybe you can help me out and just move back in with mama and daddy until you’re 30 or 35.

As for your “distinguished” professor, well, I don’t think it is very distinguished to either work for or manage a wh@re house (male or female). As for whether or not he hurt anyone, yeah, you’re right; we all know that prostitutes and/or those that pimp them are well established, fine, upstanding citizens, with no psychological or self-esteem issues. Probably no person was ever underage or abused or demeaned there. I mean, who cares if you’re so hard up for money that you’ll trade sex for money and you’re only 14 or 15, or if you are some pedophile and want a young kid. Its all good, right? See how enlightened and hip I am? I stand corrected again … the distinguished professor must have a fine mind indeed.

jes410
jes410

GADawgMan, I don't find it necessary for you to use this shocking event to disregard an entire field of study, especially a program which has incredibly successful graduates that put their German to use not only in the field of academics, but also in careers in business, politics, diplomacy, etc. In fact, as a German graduate upon graduation, I am being paid to do research at an ivy league institution. Don't write something off because it isn't your cup of tea.

In addition, if you would read the AJC article, I believe it provides more details (in so much that there was no real pimping activity going on and he was acting alone). Seeing as you have never interacted with the man, I don't think you should start insinuating that he would abuse or demean someone. While it is shocking, it is not your place to judge.

Finally, his salary was $87,223 plus bonuses this past year. So instead of making this about German, recognize that it is a personal issue that has shocked both students and I'm sure colleagues alike.

Dland13
Dland13

That's funny. 10 of the top 20 cities on 2011's Highest Quality of Living list are in German speaking countries. The US doesn't enter the list until 29 with Honolulu. Hmm, that is a rat hole indeed.

MVB1837
MVB1837

PROTIP for GADawgMan,

Many German firms are opening up operations in Georgia for the first time over the next four or so years. Volkswagen, for instance.

So there is a demand.

Dolt.

MidnightRider
MidnightRider

Uh.....truly weird !
He/she probably a huge UGA GO DOGS football fan ?

nbpitts
nbpitts

GADawgMan -
I graduated from the UGA German department in 2006 and now I'm a physician. I can undoubtedly say that learning German was a crucial component of my ability to pass the medical school entrance exams as well as my ability to write and publish papers now. My co-graduates in the department are similarly successful, and to my knowledge are all gainfully employed in some rather prestigious positions in business, science, education and healthcare. I can't say the same of my friends who graduated from either the business or law schools. Also, concerning your tax dollars... One third of them go to healthcare, which ensures that my pockets stay full and your super-size induced chest pain will get covered. I vote that you shut it until you have something worthwhile to say. Reden ist Silber, Schweigen ist Gold.

Cheers.

Verity
Verity

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Mother
Mother

Do you really see a dichotomy here?

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