South Carolina Senate Nominee Alvin Greene Indicted For Obscenity Charges

Alvin Greene, a U.S. Senate nominee from South Carolina, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Friday for obscenity charges.  Greene has been charged with, and indicted on, one count of felony “disseminating, procuring or promoting obscenity”, Green was also charged with a misdemeanor count of “communicating an obscene message to another person without consent”.  The charges stem from an alleged incident in a University of South Carolina Library.

In November, Greene was charged with the criminal offenses when a female student at the university claimed Greene showed her pornographic material on a library computer.  She claims Greene then asked her if he could come back to her room. 

In June Greene won the state’s Democratic nomination for a Senate seat, in what can only be described as a monumental upset.  Many had never heard of Greene, and few even knew he was running a campaign.  His opponent even attempted to have the vote overturned, claiming voting irregularities.  However, state Democratic leaders denied the request.

The charges against Greene were not known by the party until after he had secured the nomination.  Upon learning of the charges, party leaders asked Greene to remove himself from the campaign.  Greene has declined to withdraw, and has continued to plan his campaign against incumbent Republican Senator Jim DeMint.

Aside from the criminal charges, Greene’s qualifications and background have also come into question.  Greene is not believed to be wealthy, and many have wondered how he was able to afford the filing fee to get his name on the primary ballot.  The fee is in excess of ten thousand dollars.  Also in question is Greene’s military record.  Prior to his discharge from the military in 2009, Greene was denied two promotions, one of which was because he showed an “overall inability to clearly express his thoughts and perform basic tasks.”

No matter how this turns out, Greene has brought some media attention to an election race that is widely believed will be a landslide victory for the incumbent, regardless of who is running against him.

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