South Carolina Democratic Senate hopeful Alvin Greene plans to continue his run for office despite being indicted on obscenity charges related to an alleged incident that took place on the University of South Carolina’s campus last November.
According to court records, a Richland County, S.C. grand jury on Aug. 13 indicted Greene on a felony charge of promoting obscenity and a misdemeanor charge of communicating obscene messages to another person after authorities said he showed a female University of South Carolina student pornographic images on a computer in one of the school’s computer labs, and then attempted to go to her room.
Greene confirmed that he was staying in the race when reporters from WCNC, a North Carolina NBC affiliate, made an unannounced trip to his home to ask him about his plans. Pressured into answering further questions, Greene asked the reporters to “leave the property” and “go away.”
The South Carolina Democratic party has sought Greene’s removal from the race since his upset win over former state Rep. Vic Rawl in the primary, despite running as a complete unknown with no apparent funds. Calls for an investigation into the primary election results were dismissed, but Greene’s recent indictment was the final straw for the party’s local chair, Carol Fowler.
“In June, I asked Mr. Greene to withdraw his candidacy because of the charges against him. Following today’s indictments, I repeat that request,” Fowler said in a statement released to the media when Greene was indicted. “It will be impossible for Mr. Greene to address his legal issues and run a statewide campaign. The indictment renews concerns that Mr. Greene cannot represent the values of the Democratic Party or South Carolina voters.”
Greene will face incumbent Sen. Jim DeMint, a Republican, in the general election in November.