Navy college professor placed on leave over photo

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 23, 2014 at 4:57 pm •  Published: June 23, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A U.S. Naval War College professor was accused in a complaint on Monday of taking a racy photo that was then posted online, and he was placed on leave.

A May text message conversation with a photo of a penis and professor John Schindler's name atop it was circulated on Twitter early Monday. It was unclear who sent it and who posted it.

A blogger sent a complaint to the War College's administration. The college's president, Rear Adm. Walter E. "Ted" Carter Jr., ordered an investigation. A college spokeswoman said investigators would look into whether the photo could have been falsified.

Schindler refused to discuss the photo by telephone on Monday, citing legal reasons. He has deleted his Twitter account.

Schindler is a professor of national security affairs and a former National Security Agency intelligence analyst. He has been critical of leaker Edward Snowden and others and frequently engaged in heated exchanges with critics on Twitter.

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