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.
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.”