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Judge: Greene may stay free

A judge says Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene can remain free on a misdemeanor obscenity charge.

Circuit Court Judge James Barber made his decision on Greene during a hearing Thursday in Columbia.

Greene was indicted in August on misdemeanor and felony charges of showing pornography to a teenage college student. Bail of $5,000 was set on the felony charge.

Barber ruled that the same bail would apply in the misdemeanor case.

Greene won a surprising victory in the June primary to face Sen. Jim DeMint in the Nov. 2 general election.

A day later, his November arrest was reported. Authorities said Greene approached a student in a University of South Carolina computer lab, showed her obscene photos and talked about going to her room.