Manassas City, Virginia: Welcome to the Porn Police State

According to the Washington Post, the cops want to force a seventeen-year-old to have an erection and then photograph his aroused genitals. They want to do this because they suspect that the seventeen-year-old took a picture of his erection and sent it to his girlfriend via texting—“sexting” as it is now called.

A judge actually granted that warrant, though it has not yet been executed.

I really don’t know what to write about this barking-lunatic pretense of “law enforcement.”

I am all for punishing the boy in some way for being sexually active with a fifteen-year-old girl (assuming that sex between them is illegal. Is it?). According to the story, there is reason to believe that she first sent pictures to him. Then he sent her a video which a parent saw.

I can understand the outrage. I condemn the immoral actions. But…

The teen is facing two felony charges, for possession of child pornography and manufacturing child pornography, which could lead not only to incarceration until he’s 21, but inclusion on the state sex offender data base for, possibly, the rest of his life. David Culver of NBC Washington first reported the story and interviewed the teen’s guardian, his aunt, who was shocked at the lengths Prince William authorities were willing to go to make a sexting case in juvenile court.

Did you get that? They are charging a seventeen-year-old for possession and manufacturing child pornography for photographing himself! Is that what anti-child-porn laws are for? To destroy the children involved?

Why not charge him with indecent exposure—a Class One Misdemeanor?

I hate the way teens are so hyper-sexualized, but using child porn laws against them is simply abusive and unjust.

Furthermore, what is forcing a kid to submit to a sexually explicit photograph, if not child pornography? The cops should be arrested for executing the warrant!

The case was set for trial on July 1, where Foster said 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.”

Right, because photographing a coerced teen in a sexually explicit manner against his will isn’t creepy at all. So glad American tax dollars can pay for this “justice.”

Carlos Flores Laboy, appointed the teen’s guardian ad litem in the case, said he thought it was just as illegal for the Manassas City police to create their own child pornography as to investigate the teen for it. “They’re using a statute that was designed to protect children from being exploited in a sexual manner,” Flores Laboy said, “to take a picture of this young man in a sexually explicit manner. The irony is incredible.” The guardian added, “As a parent myself, I was floored. It’s child abuse. We’re wasting thousands of dollars and resources and man hours on a sexting case. That’s what we’re doing.”

My condolences to the residents of Manassas City, Virginia, who are ruled by such dangerous lunatics and perverse bullies. I pray you will liberate yourselves from that prosecutor and police department in all haste.

I hope the teen-ager realizes that his actions were immoral and wrong and learns a better way of behavior. I hope his righteous indignation at being threatened with sexual assault will not blind him to his own need to repent.

And I pray that God removes whatever demon of stupidity and cruelty that has taken possession of our law enforcement system.