The Old Dominion University professor who drew criticism after comments that tried to normalize the phrase “minor-attracted persons” has stepped down from their place as assistant professor of sociology and prison justice on the faculty.

Brian O. Hemphill, the varsity’s president, stated in a press release Wednesday that the college’s prime priorities are to foster a “caring, inclusive, and supportive community” that respects educational freedom and won’t draw back from controversial matters.
 

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

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

Earlier this month, Allyn Walker’s analysis caught the eye of some media retailers —- and the professor acquired threats that regulation enforcement instructed directors to take significantly, college officers stated.

An on-line petition calling for Walker’s removing acquired practically 15,000 signatures. It referenced Walker use of the time period, “minor attracted persons,” and stated “(w)e want to be clear that this is pedophilia and should not be considered a sexual preference.”

Walker said in a Nov. 8 interview that individuals could be drawn to kids with out appearing on it.

“It’s less stigmatizing than other terms like pedophile,” Walker stated within the interview with the Prostasia Foundation. “A lot of people when they hear the term pedophile, they automatically assume that it means a sex offender. And that isn’t true. And it leads to a lot of misconceptions about attractions toward minors.”

Anti-pedophilia graffiti is scrawled in chalk on the campus of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.,, on Wednesday Nov. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Ben Finley)

Anti-pedophilia graffiti is scrawled in chalk on the campus of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.,, on Wednesday Nov. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Ben Finley)

Walker stated within the statement that his scholarship “aims to prevent child sexual abuse.”

“That research was mischaracterized by some in the media and online, partly on the basis of my trans identity. As a result, multiple threats were made against me and the campus community generally. I want to thank Old Dominion University for giving me the opportunity to teach and to conduct my research, and the ODU Department of Public Safety for monitoring the threats against me and the community,” Walker stated within the assertion.

Fox News Emma Colton and the Associated Press contributed to this report