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.

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.