The cost to taxpayers of the John Jay College sex and drugs scandal is nearing a half million dollars — and climbing.
The criminal justice school, part of the public City University of New York, decided last week to move forward with firing three professors accused of sexual harassment and selling and using drugs on campus.
The Post in September first exposed the allegations brought by two former students who claimed Professor Ric Curtis, who once chaired the anthropology and sociology departments, was the ringleader of a lurid, drug-abusing culture in an area of offices called “The Swamp.” One of the women alleged in her complaint submitted to the college that Curtis tried “pimping out students,” while a second woman said he tried to get her to have sex with his colleagues.
Curtis denied the allegations.
Curtis along with professors Anthony Marcus and Barry Spunt, were all put on paid leave before the current school year started. The college is continuing to pay their six-figure salaries as they go through the termination process, which could take at least another five months.
Records show that in 2018 Curtis was paid $156,685, Marcus $126,301 and Spunt made $106,407.
College president Karol Mason made the decision to ax the profs after receiving a report from the outside law firm Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, hired in September to probe the accusations.
The school signed an “engagement letter” with the firm for $100,000.
“But we have not received an invoice for the work and expect the final cost to be higher given the scope of the investigation,” said Richard Relkin, a John Jay spokesman.
Mason noted earlier in the week that investigators had interviewed more than 60 witnesses and “reviewed an extensive number of documents and emails.”
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office also investigated allegations but decided not to bring charges.
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