I can’t find the post, but a while back we did one on a widely reported story of a male scholar of work-life balance who abandoned his tenured job for his girlfriend’s career, publicly noting that women make this kind of sacrifice all the time without anyone thinking it’s remarkable. As I recall the comments got rather heated. Well, there’s been an awful development:
Robert W. Drago, a prominent scholar of issues affecting women in the work force, was arrested Monday in Washington, D.C., the police said. He was charged with misdemeanor sexual abuse and misdemeanor sexual abuse of a minor….
The charges relate to complaints that Mr. Drago’s then-girlfriend, Laurie A. Bonjo, and her 17-year-old daughter filed in late July with the Washington police following an alleged encounter that month between Mr. Drago and the girl. According to Ms. Bonjo—who said her daughter did not want to be named in an article—her daughter stayed overnight alone with Mr. Drago at his apartment in Washington during some travel between family members’ homes. While her daughter was at Mr. Drago’s apartment, said Ms. Bonjo, Mr. Drago put his arms around her daughter, kissed her on the lips, and attempted to fondle her breasts and buttocks.
He later acknowledged making the advances in text messages he sent to Ms. Bonjo’s cell phone, she said.
Last year The Chronicle wrote about Mr. Drago and Ms. Bonjo when he gave up his tenured professorship at Penn State so he could move to Washington to be closer to Ms. Bonjo, who is a graduate student in counseling education at Old Dominion University, in Norfolk, Va.
I thought this should be reported, but after the previous post I want to ask everyone to be very careful in comments here. Ms Bonjo and her daughter are going through a horrendous time.