Feds indict ex-professor on child pornography charges
A former Citadel business professor accused of owning and sending video child pornography has been federally indicted.
Richard Pokryfka, 70, of Charleston, was indicted on two counts: distribution and possession of child pornography. He’d originally been charged in state court in June.
Pokryfka worked for the school from August 1975 until January 2007, when he retired, according to the school’s marketing director, Mark Danes. Danes said he appears to have had no connection with The Citadel since he retired.
The case stems from an ongoing child pornography investigation conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, according to an arrest affidavit. During the investigation, Pokryfka allegedly sent authorities three videos of children engaged in various sex acts, including one featuring a girl believed to be between the ages of 5 and 10, the affidavit stated.
Deputies and Homeland Security agents searched Pokryfka’s Palmer Creek Bend home in June and found a video depicting a prepubescent girl engaged in a sex act with a man, an arrest affidavit stated.
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