Among the first things we learned about bizarre South Carolina Senate candidate Alvin Greene after his fluke nomination was his pending obscenity charge, for sending porn to some college gal. Now he's been indicted, hurting his non-existent prospects for victory.
Greene, the unemployed veteran who didn't spend any time or money campaigning for his Democratic primary win, was arrested last November and charged with "showing obscene Internet photos to a University of South Carolina student," with whom he "talked about going to her room at a university dorm." This is apparently all very illegal in South Carolina! Time to throw the book at him:
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.
If convicted, Greene could face up to three years for the misdemeanor or up to five years for the felony. [...]
Greene had visited the computer lab at the Bates House dorm in Columbia several times before his arrest, using an old student ID card to gain admission, according to campus police records. Dorm staffers told police they had asked security staff not to let him in, but reports did not give any more details.
So no breaking and entering or stalking charges, just showing sexy pics to a co-ed in a computer lab and facing a potential eight years in prison? Seems a little much. There must be something unique about South Carolina history and culture behind all of this, but we shouldn't speculate wildly about this scary black man's case.