Brown Univ. reviewing professor appointment following sting arrest

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Brown University officials are reviewing the appointment of a physics professor following his arrest as part of a prostitution sting.

According to our news partners at The Providence Journal, Stephon Alexander was one of seven men arrested Thursday as part of an undercover operation by Coventry and West Greenwich Police to crack down on prostitution advertised on the website Backpage.com.

Alexander has also been placed on paid leave at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, where he is a professor.

He was scheduled to start at Brown in January 2016.

Brown University released the following statement:

The University became aware Dec. 18 of reports of a case involving Coventry and West Greenwich police and Stephon Alexander. Dr. Alexander is not currently an employee at Brown University, but during the fall semester he was at Brown in a visiting scholar (non-instructional and unpaid) role. Because Dr. Alexander is scheduled to be appointed to a faculty position in January, Brown is engaged in a review of the incident in the context of University policies and Brown’s core values. The review does not constitute any adverse determination about the incident, and it would be premature to speak to any potential outcomes. The reported incident did not take place on or near the Brown campus, and the municipal department that handled the case would be the department to manage sharing of details.

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