South Carolina Senate Candidate Alvin Greene Indicted on Obscenity Charge

A South Carolina grand jury indicted surprise U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene on Friday on two charges, including a felony charge of showing pornography to a South Carolina college student.

Greene, an unknown who shocked the Democratic establishment by winning the state's primary, was indicted for allegedly disseminating, procuring or promoting obscenity, a felony, and a misdemeanor charge of communicating obscene materials to a person without consent.

Greene told on Friday that "my lawyer's dealing with it," before hanging up. When contacted again for his lawyer's name, Greene said, "It doesn't matter."

The South Carolina Democratic Party renewed its call for Greene to bow out of the Senate race.

"In June, I asked Mr. Greene to withdraw his candidacy because of the charges against him. "Following today's indictments, I repeat that request," Carol Fowler, chairwoman of the state party, said in a written statement.

"It will be impossible for Mr. Greene to address his legal issues and run a statewide campaign," she said. "The indictment renews concerns that Mr. Greene cannot represent the values of the Democratic Party or South Carolina voters."

Greene was arrested in November after authorities say 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.

Greene has not entered a plea and has refused to talk about the accusations in interviews.

Greene, 32, won a shocking victory in the June 8 Democratic primary. The unemployed military veteran handily defeated Vic Rawl, a former lawmaker and judge who had been considered an easy win by the party establishment.

Up to that point, Greene had done no visible campaigning and had no website, fundraising or staff.

In the months since, Greene has given a series of awkward interviews to reporters clamoring for more information on the unemployed man who lives in Manning with his ailing father. In one interview, he suggested that the state's economy could be improved by making and selling action figures depicting him in his uniform.

Last month, Greene gave his first public speech, a 6 1/2-minute recitation of his previous comments and commitment to jobs and education. He now has a website and says he has raised less than $1,000.

He faces Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint in the fall. The popular incumbent has raised more than $3 million.'s Stephen Clark and The Associated Press contributed to this report.