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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Seattle U Professor Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges

posted by on May 14 at 14:08 PM

Stranger news intern Chris Kissel—continuing the proud tradition of news interns breaking news about child prostitution—scoops the dailies in Seattle University’s newspaper today, The Spectator, reporting that an SU military science professor, Andrew Franz, has been arrested in Colorado on charges of criminal solicitation, enticement of a child, sexual assault on a child, trafficking in children, soliciting for child prostitution, pandering of a child and inducement of child prostitution, as well as a misdemeanor charge for unlawful sexual contact. According to Chris’s story, Franz was on contract from the army to teach at SU, and had just gotten married.

Read the whole story here.

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He really wanted to be a Jesuit it seems.

Posted by Brian | May 14, 2008 2:19 PM

It's cool and props and all, but the Cañon City Daily Record was the newspaper that broke this story. Chris Kissel found their story and linked to it. He won the Internet race, which is awesome, but is winning the Internet race "scooping the dailies?"

Posted by elenchos | May 14, 2008 2:27 PM

Blech. Blechitty blech blech. WTF is wrong with these people?

Posted by Michigan Matt (soon to be Balt-o-matt) | May 14, 2008 2:33 PM

Franz ran unsuccessfully for the WA state legislature in 2006 as (drumroll, please) ... a Republican.

Posted by Felix | May 14, 2008 2:37 PM

I guess he really, really doesn't want to get deployed to Iraq.

Posted by Tlazolteotl | May 14, 2008 2:44 PM

Maybe SU needs to adopt a no-Republican hiring policy.

Posted by Fnarf | May 14, 2008 2:50 PM

I agree with Fnarf. There are tons of Dems with combat service they could have hired.

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 14, 2008 3:02 PM

Erica, way to turn a story about enticing a child for sex into a dig at the dailies (even if you were incorrect as to who scooped who).

You must really enjoy the taste of your own foot.

Posted by Jeff | May 14, 2008 3:12 PM

Maybe I have a perverse sense of humor, but I have to laugh when I think of a sexual predator FLYING to meet his/her (his) victim. The predator is imagining all sorts of things that they will do. The excitement. The anticipation of the forbidden meeting. And the climax of the story, waiting at the destination? A fat, adult police officer, with big fists, waiting to arrest.

Posted by Bub | May 14, 2008 3:17 PM

This is somewhat of a less impressive "news break" since the university sent out a massive email about it to everyone on campus before that story was published.

Posted by Seanford | May 14, 2008 3:22 PM

SU did not hire him, Franz was appointed to the ROTC program by the U.S. Army as an employee of a Virginia company called Communications Technologies, which provides personnel to the Department of Defense for ROTC programs around the country.

Posted by Seanford | May 14, 2008 3:25 PM

How can anyone still believe they are actually going to meet up with (insert fixation here) after all of the publicity these stings engender?

Posted by inkweary | May 14, 2008 3:26 PM

Will in Seattle @7:

I agree with Fnarf.
Oh yeah, that went in to a SlogTip.

Posted by lostboy | May 14, 2008 3:31 PM

He'd just gotten married? Hmmm. Poor wife.

Fuck! These past few days have been disastrous for my academic institutions. First was the SDSU scandal and now this. Should I have saved a huge amount of dough and gotten my degrees online at University of Phoenix?

Posted by Bauhaus | May 14, 2008 3:34 PM

How many Slog posts stem from, or at least link to, a "print" media source? Or if the source is another blog, that blogger found a link to another blog, which found the story at a TV or print media site?

Posted by laterite | May 14, 2008 3:39 PM

Maybe SU needs to adopt a no-ROTC policy.

Posted by Fnarf | May 14, 2008 3:59 PM

These kinds of stories are always better with a mugshot!!

Posted by Non | May 14, 2008 4:14 PM

@13 - I do it a lot more often than you realize.

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 14, 2008 4:58 PM

@6 - su is pretty openly hostile to republicans already. conservative students often complain of a hostile environment.

@16 - the rotc building at su was torched in the 60s

Posted by some dude | May 14, 2008 5:00 PM


The unrest was not without its spectacular side. On January 19, 1970, a bomb went off between the Garrand and Liberal Arts buildings. In March of that year, arsonists set fire to Xavier Hall, timed to the appearance of Barry Goldwater on campus. In one final act of violence, on May 6, 1972, a large bomb exploded beneath the steps of the ROTC building, blowing out every window on the facing side of Loyola Hall. Miraculously, in all of these incidents, no one was injured.

Posted by some dude | May 14, 2008 5:02 PM

Hostility good. Bombs bad. That was almost forty years ago.

Posted by Fnarf | May 14, 2008 5:14 PM

Heck, Sen McCain is so old his wife was getting high on acid when I was a baby.

Oh, sorry, meant his mistress - his wife was at home with the two little girls he was not being a good father to.

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 14, 2008 9:06 PM

Please explain how this is a basis for judging ROTC programs.

Posted by Seattlestudent | May 15, 2008 12:20 AM

He is actually a great person, it was completely shocking for me to hear this. Hopefully he doesn't have prior victims. Hopefully the good people at SU's rotc program can move on.

Posted by me | May 15, 2008 12:49 AM

What in the world is ROTC doing on the campus of a Jesuit University? That just doesn't make sense given the mission of service to God and humanity that the university represents. Perhaps there are some old-school alumni who would be unhappy if ROTC left campus.

Posted by Lawrence | May 15, 2008 1:11 PM

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