Bob Jones University Administrator Suspended For Soliciting Prostitute 22 Years Ago

Joseph Bartosch was hired in 2007 by Bob Jones University. Sixteen years before, he was charged with soliciting a prostitute.
Joseph Bartosch was hired in 2007 by Bob Jones University. Sixteen years before, he was charged with soliciting a prostitute.

Roughly 1 in 5 American adults have arrest or conviction records, and many of them hope that prospective employers won't ever find out about their pasts. Joseph Bartosch, right, wouldn't be exceptional in that regard except that he's the chief brand officer at a fundamentalist Christian university in Greenville, S.C., and was charged earlier in his life for soliciting a prostitute.

Bartosch, a 1982 graduate of Bob Jones University, was hired in 2007 and was named chief brand officer last year. But it wasn't until March 15 that the administration discovered Bartosch had been arrested and charged with solicitation two decades earlier; he had served three days in jail and was later sentenced to three years of probation, according to South Carolina TV station WBTW. A university spokesman said that when the school's administration asked Bartosch about his criminal record, he confirmed the allegation and was "indefinitely" suspended the same day.