Say Amen, Somebody — Ex-UF Religion Dept Chair Gets 5 Years Probation For Voyeurism!

Manuel Arturo Vasquez, former UF religion department chair, sentenced to five years probation in videotaping of teenage girl (Alachua County Sheriff’s Office photo)

It’s the higher ed equivalent of a Republican playing gay footsie in an airport bathroom.

The former chairman of the University of Florida RELIGION DEPARTMENT has just been sentenced to five years’ probation.

His crime?

Manuel Arturo Vasquez had a thing for surreptitiously videotaping young girls in various stages of undress.

He pleaded no contest to one count of video voyeurism in an Alachua County court.

Vasquez, who must control his sexual impulses for five years or face prison, has been ordered also to continue counseling for the next two and a half years.

Vasquez was nabbed in October for putting a USB recording device in a teenage girl’s closet. She was not identified because of the nature of the crime.

One of the files recovered by local police on the USB showed the girl walking around in her underwear.

Vasquez was caught partly because the video also showed his face when he checked the placement of the recording device.

Vasquez was the chair of UF’s religion department and director of the school’s Interdisciplinary Program for Immigration, Religion and Social Change.

He has been working at the school for 22 years. He is on paid leave and remains banned from any UF campus until his internal disciplinary proceeding concludes.

He is married to Anna Peterson, who is also a religion professor at the university.

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By Jose Lambiet,,, April 13, 2016