VA cops to photograph 17 y.o.’s erection after he sexted his girlfriend

Police in Manassas City, Virginia plan to force a 17-year-old boy to get an erection, so they can photograph it.

Why? Because the boy sexted his 15-year-old girlfriend after she sent him some photos of herself.  Still not making sense? Read on. (“Sexting” is when you send a sexually-explicit text message to someone.)

The girl’s mom was unhappy about the sexting, so she called the cops, who are now charging the 17-year-old with two felonies: the production and possession of child pornography.

Yes, taking a picture of your own junk is now a felony in Virginia if you’re underage. Which means, there are an awful lots of felons in Virginia.

It’s really an unbelievably outrageous abuse of power by a state that has traditionally been at the forefront of the abuse of power, going to back to the days when Virginia went all the way to the Supreme Court in order to stop whites from being able to marry blacks. You might also recall that Virginia is the state that infamously took away the child of a lesbian mother several years ago.

Virginia is also the state where the GOP gubernatorial candidate, Ken Cuccinelli, (who thankfully lost) wanted to make oral sex illegal in the state, even between married heterosexual couples.virginia-is-for-lovers

So, in order to prove that the video that was sexted was of the boy himself — and thus is “child pornography” – the police may have to inject the boy’s penis with a drug that induces an erection (one assumes it’s the same drug porn stars use (seriously)).

The police are now defending their decision to get a search warrant to force a 17-year-old boy to get a hard-on in front of them, while they photograph the boy’s erect penis.

Of course, it isn’t just the Manassas City police department that has some issues here, the Prince William County prosecutors are equally culpable, as they apparently gave the go ahead to move forward with this case.  Anyone who’s dealt with local law enforcement knows how generally difficult it is to get police to move forward with anything, in part because local prosecutors usually don’t want to get involved unless it’s a violent crime and then some (at least in my experience).

So it’s rather telling that the Manassas police and the Prince William County prosecutors think the biggest threat to Virginia today is a boy sexting his girlfriend.  And mind you, this is a sex crime. This boy may find himself listed publicly as a sexual predator for the rest øf his l ife.

Particular opprobrium is due Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Claiborne Richardson, who is the one who reportedly came up with the idea to inject the boy’s penis in order to provoke an erection that the prosecutors and the cops can then photograph:

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Claiborne Richardson told her that her client must either plead guilty or police would obtain another search warrant “for pictures of his erect penis,” for comparison to the evidence from the teen’s cell phone. Foster asked how that would be accomplished and was told that “we just take him down to the hospital, give him a shot and then take the pictures that we need.”

Just unbelievable.


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  • idendoit

    All VA employees are required by law to report possesion and even just viewing of childporonography when it is reported to them. The VA police are doing their job to identify a possible perpitrator.

  • kurtsteinbach

    She sent her boyfriend nude pictures of herself. he sent nude pictures of himself back. That is not a crime. It is boyfriend to girlfriend. Let me ask you thins, if a man and a women were friends and both over 18 were sexting, would you object. It is only a crime if she did not want the pictures. It is not even sexual assault because there was no physical contact. He is a minor as well as his girlfriend…. The Court overreacted. They should have issued a dismissal of the case and cited the girls mother for wasting state resources….

  • trinu

    No, I was saying it was comparable to a teenager having a relationship with another teenager without parental consent. I can see further discourse will be pointless, so let’s just agree to disagree.

  • orogeny

    That’s ridiculous! You think that requiring someone to stop sending pornography to a minor when that minor’s parent tells them to stop is the equivalent of raping a minor with that parent’s permission? What a warped, twisted equivalence.

  • docsterx

    I agree with your point about Rxing not for the patient but for a third party. Ans, I think that the DEA and their state medical board might sanction someone for doing that. I think it’s unethical. However, other physicians may not feel that way. Remember, there were doctors who gave patients injections of “truth serum” so that the police could get information from the patient/accused.

    I did an article on doctors and the death penalty for Americablog. While researching it, I found a survey of physicians that showed somewhere around 25% of doctors would be willing to do a lethal injection on a condemned person. That’s in spite of most medical societies, professional societies, etc. saying that it is unethical for a physician to do so. When questioned, some of the doctors said that they would do it to make sure that it was done correctly and that the condemned didn’t suffer unnecessarily. Others said that they didn’t agree that it was unethical. Some felt that it was their “civic duty” to participate in executions. Perhaps some of the doctors in New Mexico, and other areas are overzealous in supporting law enforcement. Maybe using the logic that “if the police brought him in, he must be guilty.”

    With respect to the New Mexico case, I can only come up with one legitimate reason why the ER doctor may have been so aggressive in looking for drugs. If the man had inserted drugs into his rectum, there is a chance that the drugs could be absorbed through the intestine. Depending on the amount and type of drug(s), that could have caused serious problems or even been fatal. Had that been the case, and the ER doctor not searched thoroughly and the patient died, the doctor could have been held responsible. But that’s just a guess.

  • frogview

    I am in shock that they can do this.

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  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    I get that someone can prescribe for an off-label use, that makes sense and allows doctors to use their discretion and personal experience… but I don’t see where any physician could justify prescribing something for no medical purpose whatsoever, but only to serve the interests of a third party.

    There have been at least three separate cases of differing New Mexico authorities ordering the sexually assault of people with unwarranted searches. Two lawsuits have been settled. One for the man you mention – the city of Deming and Hidalgo county settled. In another case a woman was given a settlement from the hospital, but not from the authorities that ordered the assault. Medical professionals across the country should look at that case and start seriously questioning the ridiculous requests they’re given by law enforcement. They have a responsibility that goes beyond simply complying with orders.

  • docsterx

    The frightening thing is how did it ever get that far in the first place?

  • docsterx

    Someone CAN prescribe a drug for an “off-label” reason. For example, drug A is an anti-hypertensive drug. It has a side effect that causes weight loss in many of those who take it. It COULD be prescribed to help people lose weight who aren’t hypertensive. But the patients need to know that the drug isn’t indicated for that use, no research exists that the drug will work for obesity/the drug may make them have low blood pressure (risk of fainting, etc.) may have side effects that could harm them, etc. So prescribing a drug for an off-label use can be dicey for the patient and prescriber.

    I don’t know of any law that could force someone to prescribe a drug. In fact, I think that the Drug Enforcement Agency might be pretty upset if someone did Rx under duress. Possibly to the point of removing that person’s DEA license. And the state medical board would probably be very unhappy, too. Also, before Rxing, the prescriber has to see the patient and have a chart documenting the visit, diagnosis, reason for Rxing the med, etc. It would also be unethical to do prescribe just to satisfy the police/DA’s request.

    I agree with your second paragraph. I think the police and DA are stepping WAY out of bounds by pursuing this via pharmacology. Someone else on this thread mentioned the New Mexico (?) case, where the police suspected someone had secreted drugs rectally. They got a court order and one hospital and its ER doctor X-rayed the patient, did a few rectal exams, gave him enemas and did a colonoscopy or two on him. I read recently that he settled one of the suits that he brought for >$1 million. Other suits are still pending.

  • Jonas Grumby

    I practiced in that County. That Asst Com Atty is a fucking moron as is that office. They do some CRAZY shit.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Are there no rules about prescribing a medication for an unintended and unnecessary purpose, and for prescribing at the behest of a non-medical authority?

    Medications are prescribed to solve or mitigate a medical problem, not to aid the state in collecting evidence. I don’t really grasp the legal basis for the warrant at all. The state’s interest does not outweigh a person’s health and well being.

  • REALrenovato

    These poeple are insane!

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Just as an update, the state of Virginia has decided to allow the warrant to expire, and not molest a child for the purposes of creating state-sanctioned child pornography.

  • trinu

    No, the mother telling him to stop is not “just as bad.” To take your analogy further that would be like saying raping someone (with parental consent) is no worse than having a relationship with them without parental consent.

  • docsterx

    Even if that’s true (the court order trumps the 5th Amendment and permits assault and battery on the accused, I don’t think it would absolve the prescriber of the drug from responsibility from: 1. prescribing the drug for a use that isn’t indicated by the FDA or 2. letting the prescriber off the hook for any complications that occurred (infection, bleeding, excessively prolonged erection requiring surgery, etc.) I wonder just who would prescribe the medication, much less give the injection, knowing that he could be walking into a real hornet’s nest? Of course, the patient or someone else could actually give the injection, but still it creates a lot of potential problems. Virginia needs to get rid of the Cucchinelli-ites that are still hanging around in politics, law enforcement and various district attorney’s offices.

  • docsterx

    Having a diagnosis of ED before using the drug doesn’t seem to matter in this case. Also, the drugs are Rx only. So an MD, NP, or PA would have to write for a dose knowing that it wasn’t going to be used to treat ED. If there were some knid of complication secondary to the injection, I’m sure there would be a justified lawsuit.

    And why go to an injectable medication first when orals like Viagra are available? Of course, even using that (or similar drugs) would be placing the patient at risk for side effects and put the prescriber in danger of being sued as noted above.

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  • Butch1

    This is torture to force the young man, ( hold him down ) and inject him, which is quite painful only to recreate an erection. It will NOT look the same. If he has a damn good lawyer, the lawyer should be able to prove that the injection site is swollen and the bruising is misshaped etc. How could this be the same penis, etc? ;-)

    . How barbaric is this when they need to start doing this to kids? I don’t care if it was a stupid thing to do or not. Don’t the “sex police” have something better to do? They are the real perverts. This is just plain stupid and nearly as bad as water boarding.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Virginia does have an exception for 15-17 year olds engaging in consensual acts with someone of close to the same age. Which is why they’re going for the child pornography charge, and not something to do with statutory rape or “corruption of a minor”.

  • Alpha 50327

    Wow, teenagers doing something stupid while figuring out their sexuality. The girl’s mother should be slapped. What’s Virginia’s Age of Consent? Isn’t there something about ages being within x number of months in age of consent laws? Virginia may be turning bluer, but it’s still a reactionary shit-hole.

  • BillFromDover

    Injection… try this:

    First, a hunk of a doctor with a special stethoscope hanging from his neck with warm hands examining a lower stomach problem.

    Second, one hot candy stripier with most of her boobies hanging out from those pink and white striped uniforms impeccably checking for lice inside both thighs.

    If both fail, ya ain’t got a case!

  • woodroad34

    I wonder how many Republicans are in up in arms about this particular invasion of privacy by government entities?

  • Holiday0

    This gives new meaning to the cop phrase, “Ok, stick ‘em up.”

  • orogeny

    Where is that information? The police statement says that he was repeatedly told to stop. If it was the mother who told him stop that”s just as bad.

  • TonyCap

    If he possessed it, without sending it, there would be no case. My question is, was it just a photo, or maybe a video of him stroking it. Then it becomes a “slippery slope” in the definition of pornography, and its manufacture.

  • nicho

    No, it’s not the same at all.

  • trinu

    It matters WHO told him to stop. You don’t see it in that press release, but the other articles seem to indicate the girl enjoyed the pictures at the time (they have since broken up) and it was her MOTHER who objected and called police.

  • trinu

    As I said below, the cops and prosecution should all be arrested and charged with

    child pornography.

  • penpal

    At 17 years old, he’s still a baby himself. This is horrifying.

  • orogeny

    Isn’t that exactly the same defense that a date rapist would use? If she asked him not to send it, he shouldn’t have sent it. “She was askin’ for it!” Does the fact that she did something stupid means she’s lost the right to ask him not to send her pis of his junk? The DA’s response may be an overreaction, but there needs to be SOME sort of response if the facts are as they describe them.

  • nicho

    I wonder if that’s covered under the ACA.

  • nicho

    Apparently, they dropped plans to take pictures of his erect penis. However, they have already taken pictures of his un-erect penis.

  • nicho

    Does the phrase “she sent him pictures of herself first” make any difference?

  • trinu

    The feds should charge the cops and the prosecutor with producing child pornography.

  • JayRandal

    It’s beyond disgusting for that male teenager to be subjected to such abuse by police/prosecutors.
    So what if he sent his girlfriend a photo of his own penis. Guys of all ages are posting such pics on Internet sites. Are police going to arrest thousands of male teens for doing it? If his penis gets damaged from chemically induced erection it would be ultimate travesty.

  • orogeny

    Does the phrase ” a 15 YOA female juvenile who was sent pornographic videos by a 17 YOA male suspect after repeatedly being told to stop” make any difference in this case?

  • Jim

    No on both. If they have a court order this is more then fine. Note I am not agreeing this is the right thing to do.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Of course, injected ED drugs all have a warning on them “should only be used by men with erectile dysfunction, or permanent damage to the penis can occur.” I just don’t understand what the fascination is in this country with people trying to use the medical profession as a means of legal punishment. Because, really, this is more about “slut shaming” than any kind of actual legal investigation.

  • The_Fixer

    Wouldn’t this be some kind of violation of the 5th amendment, or perhaps entrapment? They are forcing him to incriminate himself.

    Virginia – another Red state that is obsessed with other people’s private parts.

  • FatRat

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75yAH9hWrZ0#t=90
    Deranged prosecutor has watched Porky’s one time too many.

  • docsterx

    As nicho says, below, why is a drug even necessary in a 17 y o boy? Much less one of the injectable ones. Most people have no idea that there are drugs that can be injected into the penis to produce an erection. I wonder how much time that the police and prosecutor’s offices have wasted digging that information up?

    I also can’t imagine anyone being willing to do the injection, much less if the teen and/or his parents object. What a colossal waste of time and manpower on something like this.

  • nicho

    The first person executed in the New World was in Massachusetts Bay Colony. It was a 17-year-old guy who was convicted of: “buggery with a mare, a cowe, two goats, divers sheepe, two calves, and a turkey”, according to court records of 7 September 1642.”

    The things you do when you don’t have a smartphone with a camera.

    It’s been downhill since then.

  • nicho

    Or they could both be of the same race — just the “wrong one.”

  • Henson

    One of two things is happening here. Either the Prosecutor screwed up and is trying to cover it up by applying pressure with the end goal of a guilty plea, or the boy is a different race from the girl.

  • jomicur

    Let’s get real, here. Without a good strong dose of sexual hysteria this wouldn’t be the United States anymore.

  • 2patricius2

    This is absolutely disgusting. If it’s “child porn” for a 17 year old boy to take a picture of his penis and have it in his possession, then it is child porn for the police and Assistant Attorney to force him to have an erection and then take pictures for the court, and for who knows what other purposes they have in their little minds.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Tennis finger.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Actually, no — I had double checked the story before writing this. They’re charging him with the manufacture and possession of child porn, not with dissemination. So she would be guilty as well if she had taken pics of herself, unless the law has some age limit on it (meaning, you have to be at least 17 or the law won’t apply to you for production or possession).

    As for prosecutors “having” to take it seriously, you should try some day to get a prosecutor to take an actual crime seriously. It’s quite a challenge. So the fact that they responded to this is quite interesting.

  • nicho

    Reminds me of an old joke. Three women were in the ladies’ locker room at the country club. All of a sudden, a guy comes streaking through, buck naked, with a bag over his head. After he left, the first woman said “Well, it wasn’t my husband.” The second woman said “He wasn’t my husband either.” The third woman said “Hell, he wasn’t even a member of the club.”

  • caphillprof

    This is the only way that Claiborne can get an erection.

    I’m not sure one can pick a penis out of a lineup unless there was a unique botched bris.

  • Indigo

    Punishable by pillory and flogging, no doubt.

  • Quilla

    Heh.

  • nicho

    A boner drug? He’s 17 for crying out loud. Show him the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and he’ll spring wood immediately.

  • nicho

    I’m still trying to figure out what the “ramifications of sexting” are — unless you’re talking about ruining his political career or something. This is just an updated version of “I’ll you mine if you show me yours.” Kids have been doing this since the last ice age.

  • nicho

    What are you talking about? Virginia sounds like a paradise. There is apparently zero crime, which allows them to devote a massive amount of time, money, and manpower to teenagers fooling around with each other. Must be nice to live in a state with no assaults, no robberies, no corporate corruption, no murders.

  • bkmn

    But not for Boehners.

  • Jim

    Take it seriously sure but that is all that is owed anyone that goes to the police. Once the police figured out this is 2 kids that are dating and everything is consensual and both are minors within 2 years of each others age they need to go away.

  • HereinDC

    2014 slogan should be: Virginia is for Boners.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    What was in the pictures the girl sent? If she texted pictures of her breast, she’s also guilty of child pornography. Well, in their little minds it would be.

  • bkmn

    Not to mention forcing him to testify against himself/5th amendment issue.

  • sonoitabear

    “The girl’s mother contacted police, so they must take the event serious.”
    No. It simply shows what a repressed, neurotic Stepford wife the mother is… And probably evangelical to boot…

  • Quilla

    Once again, Virginia, on the wrong side of common sense.

    I need to find employment in another state. This one is nuts.

  • bbock

    So, they’re going to find a doctor who is willing to inject a drug into a 17-year-old’s penis against his will, and against his parents’ will so they can then photograph it. Isn’t that also child pornography? I would say that I doubt they’ll find a doctor willing to do this, but then I remember the story about the guy who was forced to have multiple enemas and a colonoscopy because the cops erroneously thought he was hooping drugs (shoving them up his rectum). They found a willing doctor to perform these procedures against the patient’s best health interests.

  • bkmn

    You would hope that any judge would absolutely refuse to issue such an order but this is Virginia.

  • TonyCap

    Simply possessing a photo of your own junk is not the issue here. If that were the case, there would be no cause for action. The issue is he transmitted the photos of his junk to his girlfriend, a 15 year old. The girl’s mother contacted police, so they must take the event serious. While ultimately I do believe the charges should be dropped against this young man, since sending the image was not unsolicited, I have no problem making it a public spectacle in order to scare kids about the ramifications of sexting.

  • http://heimaey.us/ heimaey

    Gross.

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