The case of Tracy McIntosh ’75, sentenced to house arrest after pleading no contest to sexual assault, is making minor waves in the blogosphere. More background here and here. In any case, McIntosh does not seem to have been much of a gentleman.

Prosecutor Smith said that McIntosh used his position to control women, offering positions to unqualified people in return for favors.

“Become a professor, run a lab and do what you want,” Smith said during the sentencing hearing.

She read from an internal review conducted by the university that detailed complaints and concerns about McIntosh’s behavior from co-workers and former students.

“His conduct was out of control,” Smith argued.

Smith said that at least nine other women had come forward saying that McIntosh, a married father of two daughters, had pursued them.

“Much of that stuff was hearsay and rumor,” Bergstrom [McIntosh’s attorney] said yesterday. “But even if it was true, it wasn’t criminal.”

“Wasn’t criminal”?! Perhaps lawyers need to say such things. Fortunately, most Eph men are aiming higher than this as epitaphs for their tombstones.

I think that this connects to two other EphBlog stories, one old and one new. The old one is the tale of Mark Foster, acquited of raping a fellow Eph. The new one involves comments on a recent sexual scandal at Milton Academy.

The connection is that Williams seeks to “shape the hearts and minds” of its students — to use Professor Peter Murphy’s phrase — and instructing Eph men in how to approach their relationships with women is, or should be, one aspect of that shaping.

I have no easy answers on this score, although I do take severe exception to some of the comments in the Milton thread. But, once the debate over anchor housing has passed, I hope to return to this topic. Williams should try and change the attitude of men like Tracy McIntosh. How to do so is a topic for another day.

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