The Daily News reports that political science professor David Epstein, 46, was charged today with having a sexual relationship with a young female relative his daughter. He faces a single felony incest count. If convicted, he'll face up to four years in prison.
According to the Columbia Bulletin, Epstein is currently teaching a lecture class called "Scope and Methods" as well as a class called "Research Topics and Game Theory." According to a University spokesman, Epstein is now on administrative leave.
UPDATE (8:25 p.m.): We reached Epstein on his cell phone, but he declined to comment on his court appearance today.
UPDATE (8:40 p.m.): According to NYPD, the young female relative is Epstein's daughter, age 24. He was arrested yesterday at 11 a.m. and charged with one count of incest in the third degree. According to police, the relationship appears to have been consensual.
UPDATE (9:22 p.m.): A statement from Epstein's defense lawyer, Matthew Galluzzo: "David is a respected member of the Columbia University and national academic communities and we think he deserves privacy and respect while the investigators are investigating. We are asking people to remember that these allegations are nothing more than allegations... We're asking his friends in the Columbia community to support him and give him the benefit of the doubt." Galluzzo also confirmed that Epstein is not in custody anymore—he was released, and no trial date has yet been set.
UPDATE (9:33 p.m.): Epstein is married to a tenured Columbia professor.
UPDATE (9:39 p.m.): We reached Epstein's wife as well, but she too declined to comment.
UPDATE (10:43 p.m.): According to a recent update to his Facebook page, Epstein is no longer married.