For Sexting Case, Cops to Take Photos of Aroused Teen
Virginia family is fighting court order against 17-year-old male
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 9, 2014 5:25 PM CDT
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(Newser) – "This is crazy," says the defense lawyer. See if you agree: A Virginia teenager is fighting efforts by police who want to take photos of him in a sexually aroused state to try to prove a sexting case against him. Prosecutors in Prince William County told a judge they need photos of the 17-year-old's erect penis to compare against photos he is accused of sending to his 15-year-old girlfriend at the time. The teen has been charged in juvenile court with possessing and manufacturing child pornography related to the images of himself he's accused of creating. The teen's lawyers say the search warrant allowing the photographs has been authorized by a magistrate but not yet executed.

The attorneys are fighting the warrant in court, and a hearing is scheduled for next week. Defense lawyer Jessica Foster said she is unaware of any cases in which police have pursued similar photographs, particularly of a minor. "Nobody's even heard of something like this," she said. "The charges are excessive, and the means by which they are seeking evidence are outrageous." The lawyers said police have told them they plan to obtain the photo by taking the teen to a hospital and injecting him with a chemical that would cause an erection.

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GaryUSA
Jul 10, 2014 3:03 PM CDT
Update : In the face of mounting public criticism, police in Virginia have wisely abandoned their pursuit of the boy's erection: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/10/manassas-city-teen-sexting_n_5572316.html?hpcrime=y
RAD45
Jul 10, 2014 2:44 PM CDT
Isn't this guy's package covered (pun intended) by the Fifth Amendment? He can't be forced to testify against himself!
BillyBoyBlanks
Jul 10, 2014 11:55 AM CDT
BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUSH! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (shakes fist at George W)