Police back off plan to take explicit photo of teen in sexting case
McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia on Thursday backed off efforts to take sexually explicit photos of a 17-year-old to prove a sexting case against him.Police and prosecutors faced a wave of criticism following news media reports that they had obtained a warrant to take photos of the teen’s erect penis. Police wanted the pictures to compare against photos he is accused of sending to his 15-year-old girlfriend at the time.
On Thursday, Manassas Police Lt. Brian Larkin said the Police Department will not proceed with the plan to take the pictures and will let a search warrant authorizing the photos to expire.
Privacy advocates had criticized the plan as a violation of the teen’s constitutional rights.
The teen’s aunt, who serves as his legal guardian, said she had not heard of the police department’s reversal until contacted by an Associated Press reporter Thursday afternoon. She said she would be ecstatic if police follow through on their statement that they will no longer pursue the photos. But she said she won’t be fully satisfied until the case against her nephew is dropped entirely.
This is just weird.
Another article stated the cops wanted to inject the alleged perp with some Viagra-type drug to insure there would be something to photograph.
Last, are body parts so unique that photos would be proof beyond a reasonable doubt?
I think DAs & cops are too zealous prosecuting “sexting” cases. Teenagers are almost by definition judgment-impaired. It’s wrong to convict them of felonies that will bar them from most professions and force them to register as sex offenders for the rest of their lives.