For the second time this week, a university of higher learning has been rocked with a sex scandal.
Georgia’s Valdosta State University is in the news after Keith Walters, 44, a dean at the school, was among 14 people that were arrested and charged with sex crimes against children during a recent four-day sting. Walters is being charged with sexual exploitation of children, as he attempted to meet someone he believed was a minor for sex.
VSU placed Walters “on immediate administrative leave pending the outcome of internal and law enforcement investigations into these very disturbing allegations,” according to a statement from the school’s spokeswoman. “VSU remains committed to assisting law enforcement’s investigation in any way.”
Walters serves as the Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics and is a chemistry professor.
The sting caught men that were looking for children on chat rooms and websites.
The story is similar to what took place at Jackson State University when former JSU President William Bynum Jr., 57, resigned from his position after he was among 17 people that were caught in a prostitution sting over the weekend in Mississippi.
Bynum Jr. was arrested and charged with procuring the services of a prostitute, false statement of identity, and possession of marijuana. The director of JSU’s art galleries, Shonda McCarthy, was also was charged with procuring services of a prostitute and possession of marijuana while operating a motor vehicle.
The two-day operation led to eight felony charges, as the police made contact through “dark web” sites as a local hotel was agreed on as the meeting place.