the dangers of sexting


It was just a matter of time before a story like this appeared. The practice of teens and US congressmen transmitting sexually-explicit selfies, combined with the proclivity of law enforcement to disregard common notions of privacy, plus the fury of an over-protective mother, made this inevitable.

I don’t profess to suggest any solutions to this bad situation. I am just relieved to have missed this kind of mess in my own life. Let’s be honest. Given prevailing values and social norms in the greater society, it could happen to anybody.

Even though this story proves that many teens make choices that suggest they are brain-dead, I feel sorry this young man is being asked to do this.


Manassas City Police Want To Take A Picture Of Teen’s Erect Privates

by Alex Pfeiffer, The Daily Caller
July 9, 2014

Manassas (VA) City Police have threatened to forcefully take photos of a 17-year-old’s erect penis.

Prosecutors told the defendant he must plead guilty or police would get a search warrant to the take the pictures. This process would potentially involve taking him to a hospital and giving him an injection.

The defendant is facing charges of possession and manufacturing of child pornography in the “sexting” case, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. If convicted, he could be incarcerated until he’s 21 and included on the state sex offender database.

These charges stem from a legal complaint filed by his 15-year-old girlfriend’s mother. The girl sent photos of herself to the 17-year-old, who in return sent her an explicit video of his penis.

Jessica Harbeson Foster, the boy’s attorney, says that Detective David E. Abbott told her they would “use special software to compare pictures of this penis to this penis.” In the situation that the defendant refuses to allow them to take the pictures they would, “just take him down to the hospital, give him a shot and then take the pictures that we need.”

Foster has pushed back against the search warrant. “What is just about this? I don’t mind trying the case. My goal is to stop the search warrant,” she said. “I don’t want him to go through that.”

The defendant appeared before a judge on July 1 and declined to plead guilty. Substitute Juvenile Court Judge Jan Roltsch-Anoll granted a continuance so police could get a search warrant.

Carlos Flores Laboy is the court appointed guardian for the teen and pointed out the irony of the prosecutors’ actions. “They’re using a statute that was designed to protect children from being exploited in a sexual manner to take a picture of this young man in a sexually explicit manner. The irony is incredible.”


False Alarm This Time


Police Abandon Plans To Photograph Teen’s Penis In Virginia Sexting Case

Police in Virginia will not proceed with controversial plans to photograph a 17-year-old boy’s genitalia as evidence in a sexting case against him.

Manassas police backed down Thursday following criticism for obtaining a search warrant to take pictures of the boy’s penis. Authorities planned to compare those photos with a pornographic video the teen allegedly sent to his 15-year-old girlfriend in January.

The teen’s lawyer had said officials threatened to medically induce an erection in the boy if necessary, the Washington Post reported.

Critics said photographing the teen would be creating more child pornography.

Manassas Police Lt. Brian Larkin said the department will allow the warrant to expire, the Associated Press reports.

The case, which was first reported by NBC Washington, hinges on an exchange between the teen and his girlfriend in January. The girlfriend sent photos of herself to the teen and he responded with a video. His girlfriend’s mother contacted police.

When police arrested the teen, they photographed his penis against his will, his aunt, who is his guardian, alleged to NBC Washington.

The teen has been charged with manufacturing and distributing child pornography. His girlfriend has not been arrested.

If convicted of the felony charges, the teen could be listed as a sex offender for life.


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6 Responses to “the dangers of sexting”

  1. 1 Gloria
    July 11, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    How disturbing this story all along. A teenager on the sex ofender list for being such and idiot?. So tipical at that age, anyway…

    Not that I want it to happen (I think the boy did not deserve to be arrested either) but what about the girl? after all she too distribuited child pornography when she sent pictures of her nude. Oh, LOL, do not know if to laugh or cry.
    This kids really need to be educated on the danger of sexting. and how to respect themselves more. Yes both teens are death brain without any doubt.

    Sad, hope some common sense appears in the end, and this doesn’t end with the life of this teenager completely ruined.

    *Shaking head in disbelief*

  2. 4 D.P.
    July 14, 2014 at 9:14 am

    This story is disturbing on multiple levels, and some of them have been discussed more than others in the media.
    One is the total twisting of laws concerning child porn to apply them to a case where they shouldn’t be applied; another is the obvious irony that the authorities themselves would be producing child porn; a third issue is the threat to totally violate this young man’s body. But one other issue has gotten little discussion: any medical personnel who participated in this would have been engaging in highly unethical practices. To inject any person, let alone a child, with a chemical to produce erection when not medically necessary would have carried risks and been a violation of his body. I seriously doubt that they would have found any medical personnel willing to cooperate with this or hospital willing to allow it in their facility. It’s quite possible that the authorities involved found this out when they checked into it and that was the real reason they backed off. It remains very scary that there were authorities who believed those actions would have been appropriate. The city, county, etc., where this happened should really be removing some people from their jobs to protect their own citizens and to avoid this kind of embarrassing attention being brought on their community.

    • July 14, 2014 at 9:30 am

      What you say about the ethics of medical personnel participating in such an intrusive procedure may be true, but in small towns where social networks are powerful, it is surprising how much local word-of-mouth trumps what we think of as ethical, decent, or fair. Yesterday I spoke for a long time with the mother of one of our parricides, and it is clear the jury in his trial was contaminated by local opinion. This jury’s mind was made up before the trial even began, and they took just four minutes to reach their decision.

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