July 10, 2014

Virginia authorities want photo of teenage child porn suspect's erect penis

UPDATE: Virginia police back off plan to take explicit photo of teen in sexting case
7-10-2014 Virginia:

Manassas police and prosecutors file a search warrant seeking photographs of teen’s aroused sexual organ. Boy is accused of sexting a video to his underage girlfriend.

A 17-year-old boy charged with felony sexting counts now faces a search warrant demanding that he submit to having photographs taken of his engorged penis.

The order includes the possibility of being given an injection to stimulate an erection, his attorney said, according to the Washington Post.

The teen is charged with two felony counts of possessing child pornography and manufacturing child pornography. The boy's guardian, who is his aunt, says she is outraged by the warrant and says authorities have gone too far in pursuing the juvenile court case.

Defense attorney Jessica Harbeson Foster questioned the integrity of those involved in securing the warrant.

"The prosecutor's job is to seek justice," said the teen's lawyer, according to the paper. "What is just about this? How does this advance the interest of the Commonwealth? This is a 17-year-old who goes to school every day, plays football, has never been in trouble with the law before.

"Now he's saddled with two felonies and the implication that he's a sexual predator. I don't mind trying the case. My goal is to stop the search warrant. I don't want him to go through that. Taking him down to the hospital so he can get an erection in front of all those cops, that's traumatizing," Foster said.

If convicted, the boy could face imprisonment until he is 21, and it's possible he could be listed on the state's sex offender database for the rest of his life.

The case began with the boy's 15-year-old girlfriend sending him explicit photos, Foster said. The teen responded with a video of his penis. The girl's mother filed a police complaint over the naked video and the boy was arrested.

Authorities said they wanted to take images of the teen's penis so they can use computer software to compare their video with the footage sent to the girl.

"Who does this?" said attorney Foster. "It's just crazy." ..Source.. by Deborah Hastings

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