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article imagePolice allegedly have a bizarre request in child porn case

By Walter McDaniel     Jul 9, 2014 in Crime
Manassas - A 17-year-old boy is facing charges of child pornography and manufacturing child pornography for sending a video of himself to his girlfriend. According to the boy's lawyers police want to take a picture of his erect penis to use as evidence.
Most media outlets covering the case are electing to protect the boy's name so we will as well. It is clear that the young man has been brought in on these charges due to the earlier incident. His trial is still in deliberation and this could be a key point of evidence for either side.
Lawyer Jessica Harbeson Foster is representing the body and also claims that his genitals were photographed when he was brought in, against his will. According to reports they now want to take more pictures of his penis while it is erect to use as evidence in court.
If these allegations prove true then it's certainly a horrific case of police misconduct. As bizarre as this sounds if they do use any pictures like these in court it could be a violation of his Fifth Amendment rights, in addition to ones in the First and Fourth Amendments.
Teens are now being sentenced for child porn in an effort to cut down on sexting. The logic is that some of the pictures they take could make their way to predators. There is quite a bit of debate as to whether the punishment fits the crime though.
The boy's girlfriend was 15 at the time. We have little information at this time on charges for her as she also sent him pictures as well. This raises questions as to whether he is being tried harshly due to almost being 18.
Police can legally strip search people. The prosecutor's office has not responded to media about this allegation so we do not have confirmation yet. If this did happen then officers could be in serious trouble on entrapment and other legal grounds. If it did not then the teen will likely be joining the ranks of other teens labeled as sex offenders in America.
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