Skip to comments.David Epstein Incest Charges: Columbia Professor Charged With Sleeping With Daughter
Posted on 12/10/2010 8:51:15 AM PST by mimi from mi
A Columbia political science professor has been charged with having a sexual relationship with his 24-year-old daughter, the Columbia Daily Spectator reports.
David Epstein, 46, was charged Thursday with one count of third-degree incest. Police told the Spectator that the relationship appeared consensual.
Epstein is currently on administrative leave.
According to the New York Daily News, Epstein and the woman had a three-year sexual relationship and often exchanged "twisted text messages."
The Spectator reports that Epstein is married to another Columbia political science professor, Sharyn O'Halloran, though a recent update to his Facebook page says he is single. The couple was featured in a 2008 Spectator article about professors who "bring love to work."
"Our complementary skills lead to a great partnership," O'Halloran told the Spectator.
One student described Epstein, who was teaching a class on game theory this semester, as a "very nice guy." Outside of his professorial duties, Epstein also blogged for this website, on topics ranging from torture to Sarah Palin.
Where is the "between consenting adults" crowd on this one?
Double-dating with Woody Allen?
This is how socialists and Islamists become inbred degenerates.
Or the future King of England
Worse than that ~ this guy is a major taxpayer ~ check out http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2010/10/memo_to_bruce_m.php
What would consitute a 2nd and 1st degree offense? Is third degree worse than 2nd degree? These degree things confuse me.
Oh and BTW - this is just maximum icky.
The Marxists make another pitch to bring down civilization, I gather?
Wasn’t there another case recently...someone from the Mamas & the Papas?
Just another hill to take, like polygamy. After this, maybe a guy with a really cute spaniel or a chicken maybe.
Well the daughter’s not a minor, so maybe first degree is reserved for youngsters.
In any case give her a few years she’ll sue him and the college too.
Married Profs Bring Love To Work
Other couples, like professor Sharyn OHalloran and her husband professor David Epstein, work closely in the same fieldin their case, political science. The two have co-authored many of their works. Our complementary skills lead to a great partnership, she said. This collaboration is present in their home as well, where, according to OHalloran, an economist, they split household chores along comparative advantage and our marginal rates of productivity are maximized at every turn.
You're thinking of Mackenzie Phillips, daughter of John Phillips.
I’ll bite. Sure it’s “icky” - but if she’s over 21 - I figure that’s her problem, not society’s. Sure she could end up being pregnant etc. etc. - but this is NOT the same as abuse of a minor IMHO.
See, Sargent Schutt, as a resident of Mississippi, sued under a state law that doesn't exist in many other places in the country. He sued you for "alienation of affection": In other words, he was holding you liable for screwing up his marriage.
You can't do that in New York, or in California, or in Florida. But in Mississippi? Well, they have a different set of ideas down there about stealing away a man's woman. (Just to make things interesting, you turned around and sued Linda and Schutt and Schutt's dad, claiming they were just trying to extort you.)
Time was that adultery was a crime.
Bet these guys know each other.
Did the daughter turn him in on this, otherwise how would he get charged with something of this nature?
He blogged on torture and Sarah Palin. Let’s see his checklist.
Waterboard Terrorists - No
Sarah Palin Presidential - No
Bang Own Daughter - Yes
I’m glad he has his Ivy League priorities in order. When is he up for Emeritus?
Typically a “1st Degree” charge is more serious than a “3rd degree” charge. It gets confusing because a “3rd offense” indicates repetitions behavior and will often have enhanced sentencing.
A first degree offense would probably apply in the case of force, or of a minor’s involvement. I don;t know this state’s statutes and am too lazy to look them up.
Criminal law is inherently icky and demoralizing.
You should read the HuffPo comments - sick.
These people tie up a tremendous amount of court resources thrashing out their problems ~ the rich ones do anyway. The poor ones just have another baby somewhere else, or lock the girl in the basement.