Teen May Be Forced to Take Sexually Explicit Picture for Police

A teen boy might end up spending years in prison for sending a sexually explicit video to his teen girlfriend. The 17-year-old boy has been charged with two felony counts of possessing child pornography and manufacturing child pornography after he reportedly sent a video of his penis to his 15-year-old girlfriend, after she reportedly sent him her own explicit photos. Despite this being totally consensual, the teen could end up doing four years prison time and being entered into the sexual offenders database for life. Additionally, authorities apparently want a picture of the boy's penis for themselves. So to speak.

The case, which is happening in Manassas City, Virginia, may involve authorities forcibly bringing the teen to a hospital so they can give him an injection to make him erect.

The teen's defense lawyer, Jessica Harbeson Foster, is outraged, saying:

How does this advance the interest of the Commonwealth? This is a 17-year-old who goes to school every day, plays football, has never been in trouble with the law before. Now he's saddled with two felonies and the implication that he's a sexual predator.

The lawyer is trying to stop police from bringing him to the hospital for a forcible erection.

Well, we have officially demonized sexual behavior between consenting teens. The teen girl in question never even complained about the video the boy sent her -- it was her mother who did that.

The case had already been dismissed once in juvenile court, but police allegedly came up with new charges, re-arrested the teen, and then took photos of his genitals against his will. It's unclear why they would need more genitalia pics if they've already got them.

The teen court appointed guardian wants to know why the police can essentially create their own child pornography while charging a teen for creating his. Good question.

Look, people, the spirit of the law about child pornography is being violated here. Sorry to break it to you, teens have sex. They send each other nude photos. We as a society bombard teens every single day with sexually explicit ads, TV shows, movies, and song lyrics. Corporations make billions off the knowledge that teens want to have sex. Then, when they do, we -- literally -- make a federal case out of it.

Said the teen's court appointed guardian:

We're wasting thousands of dollars and resources and man hours on a sexting case. That's what we're doing.

Yup. Agreed. So maybe we don't want kids sexting each other. So sit them down and teach them. Teach them why it's not a good idea (how about the fact that this stuff can be leaked online and never go away).

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But making teens criminals, giving them criminal records that will follow them the rest of their lives, making it difficult for them to find jobs and housing? Just stupid and wrong.

Let's spend our resources finding the real predators out there, shall we?

Do you think he should have been arrested? What about going to prison?


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1Tall... 1TallMamaCA

Why isn't the female being charged? She also sent nude pictures.

00NoW... 00NoWay00

She is underage ... I assume that's why. This is so blown out of proportion, but a good lesson for other teens. Keep it in your pants or you could get into trouble with the law.

Ajack324 Ajack324

I agree with tallmama, that was my first thought too. Why is the girl not in trouble, from what I read she sent him a picture first and his video was a response. This is srsly a waste of time and money. This should be handled by the parents not the court system. Being on the sex offenders registry for the rest of his life will be incredibly detrimental for him. Just something that's gotten out of control. I do wonder if the girls mom is pushing for him to be punished and how she feels about it. I bet she'd be singing a diff tune if her daughter got in trouble for this as well.

luvmy... luvmybubs

This is ridiculousness. A person shouldn't be charged for kiddie porn when they are photos of himself. There has got to be a better way to deal with this type of stuff, like make the kid give up a few weekends and educate him on the damages actions like this can do for his future and image. There are plenty of examples to do something like that and it would be better for everyone involved.

Charl... Charlyla2

Oi, this kind of thing makes me SERIOUSLY want to keep my kids locked in my house and never let them leave my sight! Oh my God, my head hurts.

John Alastair

I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, I feel sorry that someone so young is getting in so much trouble for this. At the same time, this may send a very important message to other young people in this guy's position. Who knows where digital pictures can wind up these days? It seems like we're gradually reaching a point where the main source of child pornography won't be some bald, 50 year old pervert with a computer, but rather some dopey 15 year old snapping pictures of his/her junk, then sending it to the wrong people. Once it's out there, you can't reel it back in.

nonmember avatar Mommy0320

Why ruin this young mans life over something soooooo stupid!?! Let the parents handle it, this woman's daughter is JUST as much to blame why are we not hearing about her arrest? I get this is not something that can be taken back if reproduced and distributed but that would be his lesson to learn. Sexuality is apart of growing up, difference is kids now a days have technology to share these images easily, times are changing adults need to figure out better ways to handle the situation! How about investing in education at schools about dangers of sharing this kind of media to help prevent these issues instead of trying to be politically correct and make an example of this kid. If this was my son I would be throwing all hell, in NO WAY would you be taking any pictures of my child's penis and that little girl would be seeing the same consequences as my son.

merma... mermaid13dragon

ridiculous waste of time and money.. really ? ruin a youg mns future over sexting his girlfriend????????

nonmember avatar ciclingthedrain

So, was the girl's dad a cop or city official? Perhaps this town still burns witches, rock music records...and who is the sicko that wants a picture of a "forced erection"?! The question demands to be asked: Why aren't these idiots out fighting crime?

nonmember avatar gavin

Guilty.....he is a dumb jock and stupid ! A child molesting, sexually perverse criminal no !

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