Alvin Greene Enrolls in Program to Avoid Obscenity Charges

Meanwhile, he says he's still mulling a run for president.

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Former U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene was officially enrolled late last week into a yearlong pretrial intervention program that will drop a misdemeanor obscenity charge against him if he completes community service and counseling, the Associated Press reports.

Greene was arrested in November 2009 after police said that he used an old college ID to get past dorm security and into a computer lab at the University of South Carolina. He was accused of showing a pornographic picture to a female student.

Word of the criminal charges didn't emerge during the run-up to the Democratic primary a year ago, in which Greene, doing no campaigning, stunned an established party regular by taking 59 percent of the vote. They surfaced the day after Greene's victory, and he ended up with less than 1 percent of the vote when he ran for his local South Carolina House seat in a special election earlier this year.

Last year, Greene's attorney said that his client's actions were a misguided attempt at flirting. Still unemployed and living with his ill father in his childhood home, Greene claims that he is still mulling a run for president. Evidently, meeting women isn't the only arena in which he's a bit tone deaf.

Read more at the Washington Post and the Miami Herald.

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