Police back off plan to take explicit photo of teen in sexting case


My Fox DC:

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.


I agree. The child pornography laws were not designed with silly teenagers in mind. There is a movement in a lot of places to create a specific sexting misdemeanour in order to avoid having to charge teenagers with felonies.


I agree.

But the real question is how in the heck do we stop our kids from doing this??

There are so many kids from good families with good parents doing this stuff.

As the father of a 15 month-old, and 5 year-old, this stuff really scares me.


I just don’t get it. I would never in a million years send such pictures around. The fact is that genitals are fairly unattractive body parts, especially taken in isolation from the rest of the body, I don’t know why people would want to showcase them in such a manner :rolleyes::smiley:


You don’t stop them, you prevent them.

Raise the kids right, in the best environment that you can provide and the best discipline, and the kid will not stray far from what they have been taught.

Of course there are exceptions, but this is the only option available.


Wow. This is just downright sick. They basically wanted to make pornography in order to prove him guilty. :(:mad:


Well, Id imagine not giving a kid a smart phone would be a start. A teen really has no use for a smartphone, they can have an old person phone that just makes phone calls.

Also teaching them about the dangers of sexting. That their pics will be made public and sent around most likely, that weird people can look at their pics. Most kids dont think outside of the box, they are naive and think the only person who sees them is who they send it to.


Do you have teenagers? Have you used your methods above or are you brainstorming?


The only way to prevent this is to actually change their hearts, and show them why it is wrong. Taking stuff away is only going to make them want to do it.


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