Professor tangled in prostitution case resigns from UF

Published Aug. 23, 1994|Updated Oct. 7, 2005

Dr. Bruce Hunter, a University of Florida associate professor embroiled in a prostitution case, has resigned effective in June 1995, his attorney confirmed.

"Dr. Hunter has a great deal of respect for the University of Florida and he doesn't want these allegations and newspaper articles" to reflect poorly on the university, attorney Machael Buchanan told the Gainesville Sun. "That's at least part of the reason he is resigning."

Buchanan was in court Monday and not immediately available for comment, his office said.

UF conducted its own investigation into Hunter's involvement with a nude-dancing service that authorities claim was a front for prostitution.

Hunter is expected to be a key witness in the government's case against Robert C. Robinette, the owner of the Au Naturale nude-dancing service.

The professor, 43, has not been charged in the case but did tell authorities he had sex with a woman and her 16-year-old daughter, who was employed by the nude-dancing service.

Hunter likely will not face charges in exchange for his cooperation, authorities said. Commonly, authorities target the owners of prostitution businesses by using testimony of alleged customers.

"We're focusing on the major target," said Chief Assistant Statewide Prosecutor Rick Bogle.

Robinette's October arrest resulted from a 35-count indictment that included one count of racketeering. Under that single count, authorities have alleged some 30 acts of racketeering.

Robinette is scheduled to be tried Sept. 12 on a charge of lewd and lascivious assault on a child.

Bogle has said that Robinette employed four underage girls at Au Naturale, the youngest of whom turned 15 while working at the service.

Robinette also was charged in July with illegally taping a couple having sex and tampering with a witness.

Hunter was hired at UF in July 1978 and was receiving a salary of $61,500 as an associate professor in UF's College of Medicine, department of neuroscience.