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.