From Texas to the Smithsonian, Following a Trail of Sexual Misconduct

FROM TEXAS TO THE SMITHSONIAN, FOLLOWING A TRAIL OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

In June 2011, Angie, a research student at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, was attending a popular Friday evening happy hour at the museum. During the event, she says, another scientist lured her into a hallway on a pretext and then suddenly groped her buttocks. That scientist was Miguel Pinto, a visiting researcher at NMNH and a PhD student at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York. He admits that he did it. But the Smithsonian Institution, which runs NMNH, did little to protect Angie (not her real name) from further encounters with Pinto.

Author: Michael Balter