Washington (CNN) - South Carolina Democratic Senatorial nominee and political novice Alvin Greene has retained a private criminal defense attorney against charges he showed pornographic images to a college student last November.
Greene, who is unemployed, had come under scrutiny because he claimed he did not have enough funds to retain a lawyer after he was charged, but paid the $10,400 filing fee to run in the primary.
His June 4 victory stunned Democratic politicians in the state because they had never heard of him and saw no proof he had mounted any type of campaign. His primary opponent, Vic Rawl, tried to have the election overturned saying there were voting machine irregularities, but the state party denied the request.
The existence of the criminal charges came to light after the primary win. State Democratic leaders called for him to step aside, at the time afraid he would not mount a serious campaign against incumbent Republican Senator Jim DeMint.
Neither he nor the attorney, Eleazer Carter, will disclose whether Carter is being paid. Carter told CNN he is an acquaintance of Greene's father and took on the case three weeks ago.
"That is my business," Greene told CNN Friday in a telephone interview.
Greene has not had to enter a plea, and no trial date has been set. He has remained tight-lipped regarding the charges.
"I'm innocent until proven guilty. And like I said, I'm concentrating on my campaign issues, jobs, education and justice," he told CNN in an interview in his Manning, South Carolina home last month. He refused to answer any more questions regarding the allegations.
Greene is charged with displaying pornographic material to a female University of South Carolina student on a computer in the school's library.
According to a report from the university police, Greene "told her to look at his computer screen." The report said the unidentified victim said there was pornographic images on the computer and told him "it was offensive and not funny" and then left the area. Greene allegedly asked if he could come to her room, according to the report.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is now investigating how Greene came up with the money needed to qualify for the primary ballot.
Greene, who was discharged from the U.S. military last year, raised more eyebrows this week when he suggested to The Guardian, a British newspaper, one idea to help create jobs in his state is to "make toys of me, especially for the holidays. Little dolls. Like maybe action dolls. Me in an army uniform, air force uniform, and me in my suit."
On Friday Greene did not back away from the idea.
"The reaction has been good. I am a true American hero and if any of the toy companies want to put something like that forward that would be good." He said he has not received any inquiries. He said it would help spur retail sales. "Just a good positive thing for the kids" is how he described it.
Greene said he has been occupied with interviews and will hold some public events but had no details.
"I am still busy organizing," he told CNN.