Nov 30, 2013
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After Jail Cell Death, Yale Professor Linked to Male Escort Services

After Jail Cell Death, Yale Professor Linked to Male Escort Services

This profile photo on the Ryan Cochran Escort Service website matches the profile photograph on a LinkedIn account purporting to be Samuel See’s.

NEW HAVEN--The jail cell death last weekend of Yale University professor Samuel See, known as a brilliant writer and rising star in academia, has shaken up the tight-knit college community.

Now adding to the mystery of his unexpected death are apparent connections between the online profiles of See and several escort service websites that include a cache of sexually explicit photos.

At least four websites advertising male escort services included a phone number connected to See.

The website Ryan Cochran Escort Services includes the same phone number listed on an order of protection filed against See in September. A profile photo on the Ryan Cochran Escort Service website matches the profile photograph on a LinkedIn account purporting to be See’s. The website lists Cochran’s home city as New Haven. A Facebook page with pictures resembling See and listed under the name Ryan Cochran includes See’s home address.

Two phone calls made to the number on the sex sites were not returned.

Two former colleagues said they had no knowledge of any connection between See and escort services.

“For the moment, I am trying to absorb the loss,” said fellow professor James Roach, who teaches English and drama at Yale and knew both See, 34, and his husband, Sunder Ganglani, 32.

See’s death Sunday morning came hours after he was arrested on suspicion of violating an order of protection that barred See from being in close proximity to his estranged husband. The cause of death is pending further study, according to the chief state medical examiner’s office.

The incident also led to Ganglani’s arrest on charges of violating a similar court order of protection that prohibited him from being near See. Ganglani is due in court Thursday.

See’s death rocked Yale’s faculty and student body. The news spread quickly across social media and reached California, See’s home state and where he attended college and graduate school.

See the full story at the New Haven Register online.

After Jail Cell Death, Yale Professor Linked to Male Escort Services

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