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.
Greene is more ethical than Obama, Reid and Pelosi combined.
How in the hell do you get charged with a crime for pointing something out on a public use computer? This is a non-case waste of time and money.
It is a right down shame this moron accepted somebody's offer to make a fool out of himself. He was clearly planted and paid by someone, I don't believe for one minute that he just decided out of nowhere with no money, no policital experience to run for office. The truth always comes out at the end, this is ridiculous!
What do you know about ethics? Can you give me just one example of Obama's unethical behavior? This just a baby talk. You need to grow up!
He should stay! wealth is not the solution for that position. We need people like him.
The sad commentary on politics is that it is an arena where
an idiot like this,
who didn't spend any money or time campaigning,
who had nothing to say,
could legitamately win an election. Americans are hardly informed, engaged or savvy voters if an ignoramus of this caliber would dare even run or could be elected. Then again, we knew that when Paline got elected, Blago got elected, GWB got re-elected.
Politics is hardly an erudite or nobel profession.
One thing i do know i LOVe my black people but this is ridiculous. This man is an idiot.
Phoenix86 – could you try to be a little less obvious with your mindless hate and rascism on every CNN post?
Are some angry old skrawny white guy who got picked on as a kid – maybe even tortured kittens or something – get some help.
The DNC is eating their own and its getting ugly. They evidently think November is going to be bad so just quit vetting candidates. This deal is hilarious.
phoenix86 - nothing but a teabagger troll.
I agree with Greg that phoenix86 is just spewing right wing propaganda that has no basis in fact.
What I find amusing is this whole notion of the "action figure" of him. "I am a true American hero," really?! Well, at least he's humble about it....
"Coming soon to a toy store near you: G.I. Greene! He's strong. He's durable. He can fight-off a hoarde of sex allegations (sold separately) while admiring himself in the mirror! Connect the Action USB Cable (not included) and G.I. Greene will upload up to 20 gigabytes of porn onto your computer then invite you over to his van (sold separately)!"
I'm a liberal. I would vote for demint.
Actually Alvin Greene may be the best candidate in the democrat party. After all, he has almost as much experience as Obama had.
Seems unlikely that phoenix86 is an actual person. Just another repugnate shill.
does phoenix86 come from arizona?
This thing stinks more than Phoenix86's halitosis.
This is Republican politics in the Carolinas, everyone knows he was funded by and voted for by the Repubs. They think it's funny to break laws and screw other people over.
For the good old boys of the south the laws are only there "to keep the other people in their place".
A Kickin' Donkey –
I would take that ignoramous Bush back today who has a Yale undergrad and Harvard MBA and real work experience over the incompetent Obama. Obama is the poster child for why we should not elect people without real\ world experience like Mr. Greene.
So he's a sleeze bag? Does that make him any worse than Clinton, Gore, Edwards, Spitzer, Kennedy or McGreevy? The Dems are full of sleezy people. He showed a picture he didn't rape a girl....I don't understand, I"m much more concerned about the deficit spending and risk of tax increase that Obama, Pelosi and Reid are doing. Those three are destroying our country!
come on how can you show a college student something pornographic there in college for god stakes. i just hate how people treat black americans in this country. it seems the media and white "americans" try to play blacks as sex crazed idiots.
Phoenix86, let me guess-–you're a Republican. You listen to Hannity, Limbaugh, Beck, etc. You have an IQ in the borderline range. And you are a high school dropout. How close am I?
If he was a Republican and his Caucasian opponent tried to overturn the election, everyone would claim racism. Here the Democrats have advocated for the election to be overturned and nobody raises the race issue.
The Democrats have a completely different set of standards for themselves than they do for others.
Luckily 4 greene, harry reid is on his way out. otherwise, on the off chance he wins, he may need elocution lessons to make sure there's no trace of a negro dialect that non racist reid detests so much.
There is definately something strange about Greene. Why wouldn't he not be employed even if he got a check from the government and what was he doing after returning from the service. He said he saved his money from his check therefore I take it he has no obligations as he lives with his father. I doubt he will win in November.
Wow. This guy is pretty bizzarre.