Fairleigh Dickinson Prof David Flory Busted In Prostitution Ring

MADISON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A longtime Fairleigh Dickinson University physics professor has been arrested in New Mexico and accused of operating a high-tech, internet-based prostitution ring.

Dr. David Flory, who has long owned a vacation home in Santa Fe, was arrested Sunday in Albuquerque, N.M. on 40 counts of promoting prostitution. Police said Flory was busted redhanded as he logged on to the Southwest Companions website in a Starbucks store.

The 68-year-old apparently did most of his work from his Manhattan apartment and seemed shocked when authorities caught up to him.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports: The Professor And The Prostitutes 

“He built in several layers to protect himself,” Albuquerque Police Lt. William Roseman said. “He was surprised, very surprised, probably because we knew where he was at.”

Police said men had to sleep with a prostitute to gain access to the password-protected website. Once they were in, members could choose from over 200 prostitutes, get counter-intelligence on police and even legal advice if they were caught.

“He set this website up so that guys and prostitutes could get together without worrying about law enforcement,” Roseman said.

Since the website was a word-of-mouth operation, police became aware of it after arresting suspected prostitutes.

Roseman says Flory told police he did not make money off of the website and saw it as a hobby in an effort to safely hook men up with women.

A Fairleigh Dickinson University spokeswoman says the school was saddened by the arrest, but did not say if the professor has been suspended from his job.

Flory, an Ivy League-educated and well-respected professor for over four decades, teaches at the school’s Teaneck, N.J. campus. He has taught at Fairleigh Dickinson University since 1969 and has been a physics professor there since 1980, according to his website. He also has served as director of FDU’s School of Natural Sciences.

Flory has two daughters and a stepdaughter, four grandchildren and a wife who works as a psychotherapist specializing in eating disorders.

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  • Greta

    I hope all these disgusting web sites get shut down and all the “johns” end up in jail. I have no sympathy for men who lie, cheat and put their wives/gfs at risk for disease. Go see a psychiatrist, you have a personality disorder if you can’t keep it in your pants.

  • badman

    he was “operating” a prostitution ring but didn’t make any $$? How does that work?

  • Joan

    does anyone know if this guy taught a class in Astronomy in the 70’s I think I was in his class. ICK!!!!!

    • KPMc

      “Ick” because someone you MAY have come across 40 years ago visits prostitutes? If that’s the most disturbing thing to happen to you you’re living a pretty charmed life.

      • Joan

        First of all, read the article: HE did not visit the prostitutes. And why are you so angry that some one else might find this disturbing. If you don’t find this at least a little distasteful maybe you need to revisit your standards.

  • ken

    Did you actually have to “sleep” with a prostitute to gain access to the website or could you close your eyes and pretend? Personally I’d be afraid to sleep with a prostitute for fear I’d wake up and my wallet would be gone.

  • Onslow

    well, it’s a good thing they got this man off the streets. could you imagine what would happen if he were never caught …. life might go on as usual with no effect whatsoever on the general public ….

    • James

      Forgot to take your pills today, moron?

      • KPMc

        Why is he a moron? I thought his comment was not only funny but right on.

  • TheWatchr

    how did they catch up to him if he had several layers to protect himself? who snitched?

  • David

    5 bucks says this becomes a “First Amendment” case.

  • MIKE


  • Mary

    FDU is a dump with professors being stuck-up morons



  • nyc

    Was he teaching a class for this ! How many credits ? Probabaly all in the name of education !

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