Monday, August 12, 2013

SMCM Professor Arrested for Paying for Sex with Oxycodone

Over the weekend the St. Mary's County Police continued with "Operation Risky Business: Sex for money/drugs" by targeting individuals looking for sex online.My guess would be that they looked through Craigslist 'Casual Encounters' and began contacting individuals through there, possibly through some sort of entrapment situation. One of those arrested was St. Mary's Psychology professor Roger Dean Stanton.


Stanton paid the undercover officer for specific sexual acts (idk what but I hope it was something weird) with ten 5mg pills of Oxycodone (idk probably worth about $50?). He also had some weed (duhhhh).

Really unfortunate situation. Really dumb decision on his part, especially considering his wife works at the college too.

Did yall have Professor Stanton? What was he like? Leave some comments yall~

11:30AM UPDATE: According to "sources" (Todd Eberly) Stanton got tenure back in May. 

Speculation over how these individuals were targeted. What section of Craigslist 'Casual encounters' were they going through? 

49 comments:

  1. I had him in his first year for Stats. He was pretty chill, could definitely tell he was still living like he was in college. The weed doesn't surprise me (especially at SMCM) but the rest does! He was a nice guy.

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  2. Probably more like 50 bucks worth of pills. Eh, he'll go to rehab and end up teaching again, at least at some community college. Heck, SMCM might keep him on - if he admits he's got a problem and is "trying" to get better.

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  3. He was my favorite professor and I am severely disappointed. He was super chill, tons of fun, and really funny. I feel so bad for his wife, who is by the way probably the coolest person in the world. I can't imagine the embarrassment they both feel.

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  4. This post uses y'all twice in the same sentence at the end and that's really just a big problem imo but still lols

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  5. This is stupid county sheriff shit. Obviously his actions are not kosher, legally or ethically, but the idea of a sting operation that targets probable drug addicts and middle-aged men is just police make-work.

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    1. I am an SMCM mother, not student and I have to agree. Aside from the stupidity of the drugs, this is a victimless crime and that the police are wasting taxpayer money in stings like this irritates me. I understand he is an incredible teacher/professor who now appears to need some intense counseling. I hope that he gets the help he needs and is able to get his personal and professional life back on track--this does not make him a bad person, but a person who needs help.

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    2. He tried to use a highly addictive drug to buy sex. In other words, he was willing to facilitate someone's addiction to drugs for personal gratification. This would be somewhat less damning had he offered money, instead he preyed on weakness and vulnerability. That's hardly a victimless crime. He also took the risk of being caught and arrested exposing not just himself, but also his wife to humiliation. Do you seriously believe she'll stay with the college? His actions jeopardized her career. So yes, that all makes him a bad person. I am a parent as well and say he has to go. I wouldn't want my child in his class.

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    3. How is offering money any less damning? If anything, by offering such a limited amount of oxycodone (50g is about 2 strong doses), Dr. Stanton was limiting the choices of the buyer. Money, my friend, opens far more gateways. It's a shame, yes- but I do not for one second believe his actions were malicious or that he was "prying on weakness." In order for him to get here, he must be going through something awful right now, and I really hope he comes away from all of this okay.

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    4. I do not think his actions were malicious either and think he needs help. Who wants to live a life of secrets and turn to prostitutes? I truly hope he has the chance to heal his life.

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    5. I think it's pretty fucking cool that parents read this.

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    6. Assuming he must have been going through something awful at the time is presumptuous and a cop out. He is fully responsible for his own actions. Plenty of people go through hardships and personal issues without soliciting women online with highly addictive substances.

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  6. Also if this is for m4m sex work you have to wonder if St. Mary's County is targeting a specific population of buyers and sellers (via the history of the sheriff's office being not the most progressive institution).

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    1. I don't think St. Mary's is progressive enough to even *consider* busting m4m prostitution - that's how backwards they are.

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    2. Was it m4m, or is that just speculation?

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  7. He was just promoted to Associate Professor and awarded tenure in May...

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  8. didnt have prof stanton but did know of him through psych major friends due to his classification as a "regulation hottie"

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  9. Sexiest mugshot of all time.

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  10. FYI - All faculty tenure and promotion announcements are all public knowledge. http://www.smcm.edu/facultystaff/documents/Cprogram.pdf

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  11. He was angry most of the time but it was forgiven because he looks like Edward Norton.

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  12. His actions thoroughly disgust me and I have no pity for any consequences he has to face. I can't imagine what his wife is going through- he has caused so much harm and demonstrated severe disrespect. I highly doubt this is the first time he has exchanged drugs for sex- feeding off of the addictions of others for his own selfish gain.

    I had him for cog psych and while I did not like the class (not my area of interest), I thought he was a pretty cool guy. It sucks that he's been living this double life.

    -Kristin, '12

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    1. Christ, it's like he murdered somebody. We all can choose to look at this as we like, but I believe what I saw in my adviser who helped me through some of the toughest nonsense my last semester. It is equally possible he is just going through a rough patch in his life right now and needs help, not a beat-down of justice. It is not for you to assume that this is one of a string of occurrences. Believe what you wish, but try to consider every side before you lash out at another human being who lives a life as vivid and complex as your own. I feel awful for his wife, and I feel awful for him. I truly wish them both the best.

      -Peter '13

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  13. Pretty strange to hear about this. I don't think I've ever had him or talked to him much, but still...at least it wasn't Alan Jamieson or Ben Click.

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  14. He has been placed on administrative leave without pay and is not permitted on campus... I feel so bad for his wife.

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  15. Sickening and sad. His poor wife, she clearly won't stay at SMCM either.

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  16. Let's hope he wasn´t doing anything with students in exchange for grades.

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  17. This is a bit presumptuous of you. I'm right there with you in having some sympathy for his wife. This is surely not an easy time for her; however it is not fair to assume he was living a double life. I must posit that it is not fair to assume this was an on-going "thing" for him. Obviously the addition of drugs makes the situation dicier, but as someone who was close to this man and had him as an advisor, I would like to see the best in him and assume that the crime was not was not so much a "selfish gain" as you think. I am trying to have some sympathy for this man who I still respect very much as a professor and an intellectual. Additionally, Dr. Stanton was a man who made me feel not only safe, but encouraged me to peruse my goals as a quantitative psychologist. He was the ONLY psych professor to support my goals of having an advanced degree in statistics or advanced psychological methods. His personal life may be taking some unfortunate turns, but I will NOT discredit him as a professor or a teacher.

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    1. (in response to Kristen, '12)

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  18. I had his wife Brandi for a lit class freshman year! She was awesome, never met him though...

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  19. UPD8: Administrative leave w/o pay for now. From the tenure bylaws it looks like he can be dismissed if he is convicted or admits it and they can prove "moral turpitude"

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  20. Moral turpitude: conduct that is considered contrary to community standards of justice, honesty, or good morals.

    hmmm, drugs for sex... seems to qualify. Of course the better question is, would he even want to return? I don't want him to return.

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  21. This man is simply embracing the key aspect of American culture that we all have seemed to have forgotten over the years... That is, my friends, the #yoloswagger.

    Just because you are jealous that you cannot have both the ladies and the drugs, does not mean he deserves punishment or your negative judgement.

    I think Big Brother is just upset that he did not pay his taxes for these services. Considering the median of exchange used, drugs, has real intrinsic and extrinsic monetary value as opposed to the paper money so highly coveted by the idiotic masses. Big Brother wants his cut.

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    1. how did you get into an honors college?

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    2. I think your admission is the one that should be in question.

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  22. For those of you interested, you can see his formal charges here, and follow when his court date is, as well as what the ruling is. Yes, this is all in the public domain:

    http://casesearch.courts.state.md.us/inquiry/inquiryDetail.jis?caseId=0Q00056000&loc=18&detailLoc=DSCR

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    1. Charge No: 001
      Description:PROSTITUTION-GENERAL
      Incident Date From: 08/10/2013
      Plea: GUILTY
      Disposition: PBJ UNSUPERVISE
      DDisposition Date:11/07/2013
      Fine:$442.50Court Costs:$22.50CICF:$35.00
      Amt Suspended: Fine:$250.00Court Costs:$0.00CICF:$0.00
      PBJ EndDate: 05/07/2015
      Jail Term: Yrs:00Mos:00Days:010
      Suspended Term: Yrs:00Mos:00Days:010

      Charge No: 002
      Description:CDS: POSS MARIJUANA L/T 10 G
      Plea: OTHER PLEA
      Disposition: NOLLE PROSEQUI

      Charge No: 003
      Description:CDS:POSSESS-NOT MARIJUANA
      Plea: OTHER PLEA
      Disposition: NOLLE PROSEQUI

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  23. I wonder if the code word for the sting operation was "stretch"......

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  24. I had him and his wife! He is a fabulous stats professor. He wife is a very engaging and fun English professor. I saw this and was both pissed and devastated. As much as I don't support SMCM keeping faculty on that is involved in prostitution/drug dealings, c'mon now, this is NOT the worst thing a professor at SMCM has done. Let's kick out some of the crappy professors and get this guy some rehab.

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    1. *coughRogachevskycoughcough*

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  25. Honestly, I wouldn't feel bad for Brandi in this situation... knowing her, the 'sex acts' were probably being ordered for the both of them. I'd bet they were into some kinky shit.

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    1. brandi stanton defense squadAugust 21, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      wow i know you're probably just posting this for some laughs but jfc what a disrespectful comment to make

      no matter what the circumstances surrounding this situation i'm sure Brandi is going through a really rough time right now & comments like this are just gross & unfair, don't subject her to any more bullshit than she already has to deal with because of the actions of her husband

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    2. I do not care what they do in their marriage, but I do not want these two to be back on campus. Were it a student, the student would be asked to leave SMCM. His being a " nice guy" should not award him better,or different treatment than anyone else? Nice guys do not offer potentially addictive drugs to prostitutes. I hope that they get well.

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  26. You'd think a stats professor would realize the probability of the person answering his craigslist ad being a cop. Anyway, I hope this gets made into a lifetime movie and then everyone will want to go to SMCM and admission problem solved.

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  28. Clearly this was a social psychology experiment gone wrong. I hope he publishes his thesis soon so I can read it.

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  29. When is there going to be a LOL post about the swim coach. That guy really needs to go. This is what tax payers money should be going towards. Omg how many kids did he touch at the YMCA dude!!!!!

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