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Cross-dressing UGA professor busted in Gwinnett prostitution sting

Max Roland Reinhart

Max Roland Reinhart

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Max Roland Reinhart

NORCROSS -- A cross-dressing University of Georgia professor was arrested during a prostitution sting in Gwinnett Thursday, police said.

Max Roland Reinhart, 65, a faculty member at UGA since 1988, was arrested Thursday and charged with prostitution and keeping a place of prostitution. He was released on $4,800 bond the same day.

Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said detectives discovered an ad placed by Reinhart -- describing himself as 33-year-old "Sasha" -- under the transsexual escort services section of a website called backpage.com.

Undercover officers arranged a meeting with "Sasha" at the Guest House Inn on Willow Trail in Norcross, agreeing to a $60 fee for 30 minutes of "services," Smith said. Reinhart was taken into custody in the room rented under his name.

Early reports on Friday said Reinhart was arrested for allegedly running a brothel. Those characterizations are not accurate, Smith said.

"The 'keeping a place of prostitution' charge comes from the room he rented for the purpose of prostitution," Smith said. "There was no 'brothel.'"

Reinhart is a professor at UGA's Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, where he specializes in the study of Goethe, a German literary master. He was given tenure in 1994 and named the A.G. Steer Professor of Goethe Studies in 2007.

Reinhart taught classes during the school's May semester but has no classes scheduled for the remainder of the summer, said Tom Jackson, UGA's vice president for external affairs.

Faculty members and other employees are mandated to report arrests to the university within 72 working hours, Jackson said. Reinhart had not done so as of Friday afternoon.

Jackson said Reinhart's future at UGA will be determined by the legal affairs department. That decision will likely come sooner rather than later.

"We don't wait on the criminal case (to go to trial)," Jackson said.