Former Citadel professor accused of owning, distributing child porn

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A former business administration professor at The Citadel was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor and given a $100,000 bond on Friday.

According to court documents, Richard Pokryfka was charged with three counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor for allegedly distributing sexually explicit images of underage children and one count of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor for possessing illegal images.

According to affidavits, Pokryfka sent undercover Homeland Security agents pictures of young children performing sex acts with adults. There were also pornographic videos confiscated, the affidavits show.

"We have victims here, the victims are the children who are in these films, which are absolutely disgusting," said Judge Linda Lombard.

A Charleston County incident report shows deputies assisted Homeland Security and ICE agents in executing a search warrant at Pokryfka's Palmer Creek Bend home. A Charleston County detective said Pokryfka's charges are a part of a federal case with homeland security and ICE, calling it "just the tip of the iceberg."

Pokryfka's attorney Chris Lizzi said the allegations against his client have to do with the Internet only.

"There's been no allegations whatsoever, nothing came out of the search warrant that there is any type of contact with children," said Lizzi. {}

Lizzi also told the court the retired Citadel assistant professor agreed to be treated while he waits for his next court date.The 70-year-old Pokryfka is listed as a professor emeritus on the military college's website.

Citadel officials on Saturday said Pokryfka retired in 2007; he started working at The Citadel in 1975. "He has not had any connection with the college since his retirement," a statement from the school read.

"He's agreed to go see Dr. Burke and be completely evaluated," said Lizzi.

According to Tommy Groves with SPAWAR and an attorney for Government Solutions, Pokryfka is an independent contractor who worked with Government Solutions, which is a company that SPAWAR contracts. He is also a retired Navy captain, his attorney said.