ODU professor resigns after comments on ‘minor-attracted persons’


The Old Dominion University professor who drew criticism after comments that attempted to normalize the phrase “minor-attracted persons” has stepped down from their position as assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice at the school.

Brian O. Hemphill, the school’s president, said in a statement Wednesday that the university’s top priorities are to foster a “caring, inclusive, and supportive community” that respects academic freedom and will not shy away from controversial topics.

Flowers bloom in front of Old Dominion University on March 12, 2020, in Norfolk, Va. (Stephen M. Katz/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

Earlier this month, Allyn Walker’s research caught the attention of some media outlets —- and the professor received threats that law enforcement told administrators to take seriously, university officials said.

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