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.
That’s a lengthy article about a guy named Bruce. This is a thread about a man named Epstein. What’s the connection?
Bruce began his affair with his daughter in 1998 when she was at college. The girl in the thread article is 24 years old.
Many years ago this situation existed between a father and adult daughter with whom I had a professional acquaintance. It ended in a murder suicide.
But...but...isn’t this his lifestyle choice? How dare people judge his love, forcing him to live a lie? /sarc/
Heard on the Hudson:
“Row faster. I hear banjos.”
The twit pictured, future King of England, has one of the best known human pedigrees out there, and there is NOT that much consanguinity in the family history.
Much ado about nothing was made of the problems of Hemophilia among the children of Queen Victoria, and often people who don't know any better talk about inbreeding. That was NOT the problem. You didn't need to inherit two copies to be a hemophiliac, you just needed one copy on your X chromosome if you are a male.
The problem with Queen Victoria having a mutation on her X chromosome for a blood clotting factor was not due to or exacerbated by inbreeding.
But BECAUSE the royals all married among each other, at the start of WWI, the Czar of Russia, the King of England, and the Kaiser of Germany were all cousins, and all descendants of Queen Victoria - and the Czar's heir was a bleeder.
"Janie's got a gun..."
If she was an adult, if he committed incest, didn’t she as well?
Is the “daughter” his biological child, or the child of his wife, fathered by another...?
Could you furnish a source link? Thanks.
Now that is a zinger of a story.
Money can buy you a lot of stuff ~ including, apparantly, a daughter in the sack.
You didn't think this was about some poor guy living in a flop house did you?
This is sick, but I’m surprised that it’s illegal.
Photo of the nasty piece of work!
D*mn double standards.
But if the daughter was actually fathered by another man,i.e. is a step-daughter,then it may still be icky,but there is no inbreeding,so why bother with them?
"[I] say just as long as they are doing proper family planning (that is, various forms of birth-control) to make sure they do not produce an offspring, which would be high-risk for a myriad of genetic disorders, I see no crime.
Gross? Yes. But, sometimes--especially in a free republic--you have to put aside universal morality and just let people live their lives. We are no longer a Puritan society."
"Public shame will be sufficient to end this. It is not a viable coupling. Apparently it's an issue between consenting adults. I'm not sure on what principles the charges would be, considering that law would have to arbitrarily override individual liberty of consenting adults. They do it already with prostitutes and their patrons, but consenting adults should not be charged with crimes for what they agree to do."
-- HUFFPOST SUPER USER Balzac
Classic butt kisser pose. Interesting that his “wife” is not listed in the political science faculty directory. Hmmmmm.
Hey wait - good point - much much less Ick in that scenario.
But I gotta think that if that was the case there would not be this fuss. Is that even incest?
***This is sick, but Im surprised that its illegal.***
Our Judeo Christian laws were built on morality and acceptable behavior towards one another. Adultery and incest are two of the most destructive behaviors to a successful civilization.
She's 24? Why wasn't she arrested too?
Is adultery illegal? There are other destructive sexual behaviors which are not illegal, also. This is why I'm surprised.