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S.C. Senate candidate faces porn charge

Associated Press / August 14, 2010

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Long shot Democratic US Senate candidate Alvin Greene was indicted yesterday on two charges, including a felony charge of showing pornography to a teenage student in a South Carolina college computer lab.

Greene surprised the party establishment with his primary victory in June. His arrest in November was revealed the day after he won the nomination.

Authorities said he approached a student in a University of South Carolina computer lab, showed her obscene photos online, then talked about going to her dorm room.

A Richland County grand jury indicted Greene, 32, for disseminating, procuring, or promoting obscenity — a felony — as well as a misdemeanor charge of communicating obscene materials to a person without consent.

Greene declined to comment at his home in Manning. He has also refused to talk about the charge in interviews, and his attorney did not return messages seeking comment.

Greene had visited the lab at the Bates House dorm several times before his arrest, using an old student ID card to gain entry, according to campus police. Dorm staffers told police they had asked security staff not to let him in.

Greene graduated from South Carolina in 2000 with a political science degree.

Greene, an unemployed military veteran, handily defeated Vic Rawl, a former lawmaker and judge who had been considered an easy win by Democrats. Up to that point, Greene had done no visible campaigning and had no website, fund-raising, or staff.

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