It was just a matter of time before a story like this appeared. The practice of teens and US congressmen transmitting sexually-explicit selfies, combined with the proclivity of law enforcement to disregard common notions of privacy, plus the fury of an over-protective mother, made this inevitable.
I don’t profess to suggest any solutions to this bad situation. I am just relieved to have missed this kind of mess in my own life. Let’s be honest. Given prevailing values and social norms in the greater society, it could happen to anybody.
Even though this story proves that many teens make choices that suggest they are brain-dead, I feel sorry this young man is being asked to do this.
Manassas City Police Want To Take A Picture Of Teen’s Erect Privates
Manassas (VA) City Police have threatened to forcefully take photos of a 17-year-old’s erect penis.
Prosecutors told the defendant he must plead guilty or police would get a search warrant to the take the pictures. This process would potentially involve taking him to a hospital and giving him an injection.
The defendant is facing charges of possession and manufacturing of child pornography in the “sexting” case, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. If convicted, he could be incarcerated until he’s 21 and included on the state sex offender database.
These charges stem from a legal complaint filed by his 15-year-old girlfriend’s mother. The girl sent photos of herself to the 17-year-old, who in return sent her an explicit video of his penis.
Jessica Harbeson Foster, the boy’s attorney, says that Detective David E. Abbott told her they would “use special software to compare pictures of this penis to this penis.” In the situation that the defendant refuses to allow them to take the pictures they would, “just take him down to the hospital, give him a shot and then take the pictures that we need.”
Foster has pushed back against the search warrant. “What is just about this? I don’t mind trying the case. My goal is to stop the search warrant,” she said. “I don’t want him to go through that.”
The defendant appeared before a judge on July 1 and declined to plead guilty. Substitute Juvenile Court Judge Jan Roltsch-Anoll granted a continuance so police could get a search warrant.
Carlos Flores Laboy is the court appointed guardian for the teen and pointed out the irony of the prosecutors’ actions. “They’re using a statute that was designed to protect children from being exploited in a sexual manner to take a picture of this young man in a sexually explicit manner. The irony is incredible.”
False Alarm This Time
Police in Virginia will not proceed with controversial plans to photograph a 17-year-old boy’s genitalia as evidence in a sexting case against him.
Manassas police backed down Thursday following criticism for obtaining a search warrant to take pictures of the boy’s penis. Authorities planned to compare those photos with a pornographic video the teen allegedly sent to his 15-year-old girlfriend in January.
The teen’s lawyer had said officials threatened to medically induce an erection in the boy if necessary, the Washington Post reported.
Critics said photographing the teen would be creating more child pornography.
Manassas Police Lt. Brian Larkin said the department will allow the warrant to expire, the Associated Press reports.
The case, which was first reported by NBC Washington, hinges on an exchange between the teen and his girlfriend in January. The girlfriend sent photos of herself to the teen and he responded with a video. His girlfriend’s mother contacted police.
When police arrested the teen, they photographed his penis against his will, his aunt, who is his guardian, alleged to NBC Washington.
The teen has been charged with manufacturing and distributing child pornography. His girlfriend has not been arrested.
If convicted of the felony charges, the teen could be listed as a sex offender for life.
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