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
For Sexting Case, Cops to Take Photos of Aroused Teen

"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. (More sexting stories.)

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