There are diploma mills and then there are other things that might be characterized as much, much worse. The Times of London reports that:

A university registrar offered bogus degrees in return for spanking sessions in a hotel, a court was told yesterday.

He told the women that his name was Dave and that he could offer them a degree in return for their help with a “pain management study”. The spanking sessions with two women from Cameroon were videotaped.

Dave was actually Karl Woodgett, a man who worked as a registrar at the University of Surrey and the University of Bath. In these capacities he was able to print degrees. In addition to his, um, extracurricular activities he also ran a mail-order business in which Africans paid set prices for British diplomas.

Woodgett pled guilty to his crimes and was sentenced to nine months in prison and 200 hours of community service.

Daniel Luzer

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