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Huffington Post blogger charged with incest

Huffington Post blogger and liberal Columbia University professor is charged with incest, accused of bedding young relative for 3 years.

BY Melissa Grace

Originally Published:Thursday, December 9th 2010, 7:46 PM
Updated: Thursday, December 9th 2010, 7:46 PM
Accused professor David Epstein taught political science at Columbia University.
Accused professor David Epstein taught political science at Columbia University.
Professor David Epstein
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A popular Columbia professor was charged Thursday with incest - accused of a sick sex relationship with a female relative, prosecutors said.

Political science Prof. David Epstein, 46, bedded the young woman over a three-year period ending last year, according to court papers.

He was arraigned before a Manhattan judge on a single felony incest count.

"We ask that everyone remember that he is innocent until proven otherwise and that these allegations are nothing more than allegations," said Epstein's defense lawyer Matthew Galluzzo.

University spokesman Robert Hornsby said that Epstein "is now on administrative leave and will not be teaching students."

Epstein, who specializes in American politics and voting rights, has taught at Harvard and Stanford and often is quoted by news organizations. He also has blogged on The Huffington Post.

Sources said the victim was over 18 when the relationship began in 2006 and that the two often exchanged twisted text messages.

Epstein faces up to four years behind bars if convicted.

He was released on his own recognizance.

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Added: Dec-14-2010 
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