Former Citadel professor accused of sex exploitation of minors

Richard Pokryfka

Charleston County sheriff’s deputies have accused a former Citadel professor of possessing and distributing videos of sexual activity involving minors.

Richard Pokryfka, 70, is charged with three counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. He is being held at the Charleston County jail in lieu of a $100,000 bail set today, court records show.

Pokryfka worked for the school from the early ’80s until the fall semester of 2006, the school’s marketing director Mark Danes said. Pokryfka is still listed on the school’s website as professor emeritus of business administration, but Danes said he has had no connection with the Citadel since January 2007.

Homeland Security Investigations agents searched Pokryfka’s home on Thursday and found electronics and video depicting prepubescent children engaged in various sexual acts with adults, a detective said in an affidavit.

Pokryfka is accused of possessing and distributing the images, according to the affidavit.

The Post and Courier has requested an incident report that would provide more information on the charges.

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