Disappointing News in the Latino Political Science World: F. Chris Garcia Arrested in Connection with Prostitution Ring

June 25th, 2011 · 1 Comment

In college, there were few Latino political scientists whose work I read. Like much of academia, Latino-Americans aren’t very well represented in the discipline. One Latino political scientist who I did read was F. Chris Garcia who went on to serve as the President of the University of New Mexico. He edited a popular book about Latinos and the political system called Pursuing Power. Well, it looks like Profe Garcia was pursuing prostitutes online and was arrested this week.

According to CBS/AP:

“An alleged multistate online prostitution ring authorities say was run by a New Jersey physics professor has led to another arrest in academia. Former University of New Mexico President F. Chris Garcia was jailed Thursday, booked for investigation of promoting prostitution, tampering with evidence and conspiracy, Metropolitan Detention Center records show.

Detectives served search warrants Thursday at Garcia’s home and at his university office. He is now a professor at the school. Garcia, 71, was being held on a $35,000 cash or surety bond.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Garcia’s detention was connected to the arrest earlier this week of David Flory, a 68-year-old Fairleigh Dickinson University professor with homes in New York City and Santa Fe.”

If Garcia is in fact guilty of what he’s being investigated for, it’s very disappointing for the Latino academic community. This man should be considered an elder statesman of his discipline and of our community. If he blew it all to be involved in an online prostitution ring, then he’s certainly revealed to the public some troubling priorities. And if Garcia really wanted to be involved with prostitutes, it’s only about a three to four hour drive from Albuquerque to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico where prostitution is legal. It’s amazing that he would risk his nice life as a university professor for this kind of extracurricular activity.


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  • 1 F. Chris Garcia // May 24, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Update– Regarding the allegations in my case:
    A New Mexico District Court Justice ruled that the website was not a “place where prostitution is practiced, encouraged or allowed.” This ruling was appealed to the NM Supreme court. On Feb. 26th, 2013, the Supreme Court upheld the ruling. There are currently no legal charges against me.

    It is unfortunate that politically motivated actions by the police and the DA became the fodder for the sensation-seeking media. The media had tried and convicted me. The principle of “presumption of innocence until and unless proven otherwise” has been entirely discarded.

    I sincerely apologize to my wife, family, friends, colleagues, the UNM community and the NM public for the discomfort and embarrassment that my actions and this incident have caused.

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