An associate professor at Dartmouth College was one of seven men arrested Friday on allegations they were involved in a sex trafficking ring in Rhode Island.
Police say 44-year-old Stephon Alexander of Hanover was charged with procurement of sexual conduct for a fee, after a sting operation focused on advertisements placed on Backpage.com. According to a press release, Alexander and six other men responded to the online ad and met with an undercover police officer in a hotel near Coventry, Rhode Island. Police did not acknowledge what the ad was for, but said the individuals were quickly apprehended without incident.
Alexander, an associate professor of physics and astronomy, has since been placed on administrative leave by the college. The sting concluded a joint investigation between local and state agencies within Rhode Island.
Alexander is the second Dartmouth professor this year to face sex charges after English Professor J. Martin Favor was arrested on child porn charges back in September.