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The Naughty Professor

Texas educator's raunchy e-mails may cost him tenured position

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The Naughty Professor

JULY 10--A porn-loving college professor described sexual fantasies involving female students and teenage girls in e-mails to a fellow educator, correspondence that may result in his dismissal after the University of Texas Board of Regents hears his case later this month.

In sexually-charged missives sent from his school account to a colleague, Ronald Ayers, a 60-year-old tenured economics professor, wrote that a 'dumb' female student had the 'full-figured nude model/pron star look,' and wondered whether she 'waitresses in a nude or topless bar on weekends.' Adding that the student seemed the type to seek 'the approval of older men,' Ayers noted, 'I make no predictions other than that I will get together with her.'

In another e-mail, Ayers described how a 'exhibitionist' student 'likes to show off her brief thong to me as I teach.' Another student is described as 'a beautiful sexy grannie' who Ayers intended to ask on a date 'when the class is over.' In other 2005 e-mails to Palo Alto College Professor Duane Conley, Ayers reported on the 'amazing variety' of 99-cent lingerie available at the local Goodwill store, where he purchased about 10 items, including an 'unwashed thong with the delightful aroma.' In other letters, Ayers recalls flirting with a former female student and details his dealings with young female salespeople, including one with a 'cheerleader' look who was 'eager to be liked, like my new dog I just got.'

When University of Texas at San Antonio officials learned that Ayers was surfing porn sites from his office, he was fired last year. Ayers appealed that decision and had his dismissal overturned by a faculty tribunal. His case is scheduled to be heard later this month by the university's Board of Regents, which will decide on the fate of Ayers, who is currently on paid administrative leave.

The professor's e-mails were released this week by state officials following a Texas open records law request made by the San Antonio Express-News. (9 pages)