Prostitution ring case involving former UNM president to go to NM high court

Posted at: 01/02/2013 10:21 AM
By: The Associated Press

Photo: F. Chris Garcia
Photo: F. Chris Garcia

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Supreme Court is taking up a case involving two aging professors accused of helping run an online prostitution ring.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the state's highest court will hear arguments Feb. 6 after prosecutors appealed a lower court's ruling that the website was legal.

In June, a state judge ruled that the website "Southwest Companions" linked to former University of New Mexico president F. Chris Garcia -who operated under the name "Burque Pops"  and retired Fairleigh Dickinson University physics professor David C. Flory violated no laws.

That ruling complicated the case for prosecutors, who were planning to present their case to a grand jury.

Garcia and Flory were arrested by Albuquerque police in June 2011 on charges of promoting prostitution.

Attorneys for the two men want the case dismissed.

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