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UPDATE: Police Reverse Decision To Photograph Teen's Erection As Proof In Sexting Case

Updated Friday at 9:45 a.m. PST

Following the intense level of media attention surrounding the decision by Manassas police to force 17-year-old Trey Simms to allow them to photograph his erect penis as evidence in a "sexting" case, the Manassas police have reversed their decision. 

The Associated Press reports

Police in Virginia on Thursday backed off efforts to take sexually explicit photos of a 17-year-old to prove a sexting case against him.

Police and prosecutors faced a wave of criticism following news media reports that they had obtained a warrant to take photos of the teen's erect penis. Police wanted the pictures to compare against photos he is accused of sending to his 15-year-old girlfriend at the time.

On Thursday, Manassas Police Lt. Brian Larkin said the Police Department will not proceed with the plan to take the pictures and will let a search warrant authorizing the photos to expire.

Privacy advocates had criticized the plan as a violation of the teen's constitutional rights.

The teen's aunt, who serves as his legal guardian, said she had not heard of the police department's reversal until contacted by an Associated Press reporter Thursday afternoon. She said she would be ecstatic if police follow through on their statement that they will no longer pursue the photos. But she said she won't be fully satisfied until the case against her nephew is dropped entirely.

Thoughts, Instincters?

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Original Post

Police in Manassas City, Virginia have apparently completely lost their minds according to a report from The Washington Post that reads like something out of The Onion.

Police are currently investigating a "sexting" case involving a 17-year-old boy, Trey Simms, and his 15-year-old girlfriend after Simms allegedly sent the girl a video of his erect penis. 

While it's not surprising that this angered the girl's mother, the response by the police department is pretty astonishing. 

According to The Washington Post:

A Manassas City teenager accused of “sexting” a video to his girlfriend is now facing a search warrant in which Manassas City police and Prince William County prosecutors want to take a photo of his erect penis, possibly forcing the teen to become erect by taking him to a hospital and giving him an injection, the teen’s lawyers said. A Prince William County judge allowed the 17-year-old to leave the area without the warrant being served or the pictures being taken — yet.

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. 

No. You're not being punked. This is real. Police want to prove child pornography by forcing a child to basically pose for porn as "evidence." 

“The prosecutor’s job is to seek justice,” said the teen’s defense lawyer, Jessica Harbeson Foster. “What is just about this? 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. I don’t mind trying the case. My goal is to stop the search warrant. I don’t want him to go through that. Taking him down to the hospital so he can get an erection in front of all those cops, that’s traumatizing.”

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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.”

Foster said Detective Abbott told her that after obtaining photos of the teen’s erect penis he would “use special software to compare pictures of this penis to this penis. Who does this? It’s just crazy.”

Insanity. 

Manassas City police released a statement on Wednesday night defending their actions thus far. You can read it here

What's your take on this, Instincters??

 

(H/T: The Gaily Grind)

Comments

Id swallow his load then rip his ass apart raw! IF he were of legal age of course...

Yeah, I have a few thoughts. This is fucking ridiculous. Kids will be kids and do what kids do. Not all of us can be repressed like that. It's not fair and it's counterintuitive to their development. Think about what you were doing at 15. And then 17. It seems like a huge gap but it's only 2 years. And in all honesty I would rather my kid sext then going around sticking his junk (or filling their hole) with anything that fits. At least your kid isn't pregnant. Shut up. Ground your kid. Grow some balls. 

WTF?!?!?! A warrant to produce child porn? WTF IS WRONG WITH THE LAW THESE DAYS???? This is pure hypocrisy

If u ask me the police department was just wanted to see his junk...2 wrongs doesn't make a right

They've dropped the photo request, but he's still been charged with a FELONY and will be branded a SEX OFFENDER for life.  So unjust.

If he had sent yield pic to an adult, he/she could be charged with having "kid-porn", I think.  Seems a bit messed up to me.

Would the Police be guilty of child porn, taking, using and keeping pics of a 17 year olds penis?

I would think that would be way over the top and just wrong. I know they would've had a court order  making it some how ok, But it's still wrong.

where are those photos of Michael Jackson and Bill Clinton penises? Were the leaked yet?

really got 2 love the American justice system you have rich teen getting off of murder charges with the defense of affluence but when you have a kid acting like a kid with modern tech you charge him with kiddie porn production and its pics of his own dick i mean what the hell and what about the girlfriend did she not send him candid pics of her self why is she not being charged as well?? so on top of out right ironic idiocy  from the police you have blatant sexism on top lol can Americans not see its shit like this that makes your country the worlds fool 

Sadly, as an American, i totally agree with you. 

They are pictures If you don't want to see them don't look at themIget sent a bunch of snail mail adds I throw them out I don't look at them I can't make A.T.&T stop sending me whit.

For all we know they could be elementary school sweethearts, they probably go to school together currently, its a TWO YEAR AGE DIFFERENCE. Jesus, its not like some old guy showing his junk to the girl. The article doesn't even have comment from the girl, she might have ASKED FOR IT. Probably not, point is we dont know, and the mother is over reacting. He is a young horny guy with technology in his hands. ITS TEENAGE HORMONES IN THIS DAY AND AGE PEOPLE.

If everyone that spends so much time on here commenting and retorting to people's news articles or opinions spent this much time bettering one's self, the world would be so much better... Why is this, of all things, anyones business (except the ones directly effected)... Leave this matter between the people it involves, and directly effects... I hate saying this because I feel as though it desensitizes the situation, but if it weren't for such a close-nit internet community then maybe we'd all spend a little more time worrying about what is REALLY important... Bad things happen everyday, why does the population feel the need to involve itself with every small problem (on a macro-scale)... Tomorrow begins another day, either find out what's important to you? Or keep worrying yourself with other people's problems...

That would apply to you too, Ayokev.  

He isnt a child people he is 17. He is grown already and should no better then messing with a young girl. Look I dont care what age you are, you do something wrong you need to man up and take the punishment. Not saying what the cops want to do is right but they want to make sure it was his penis in the video what the heck is wrong with that. Its not like they are going to show the picture to the world I mean crap the boy obviously didn't care about anyone seeing his penis cause he sent it himself. Stop babying the situation. Thats why kids do what they do because we as parents have grown too soft and refuse to punish our children. Instead we allow them to do whatever they want and that makes it better right?

Moron....he's not even legally an adult.  He's 17....2 years older than his girlfriend.....what a ridiculous waste of tax dollars and time. I

A 17 year kid is not grown, most 17 years olds are seniors in high school.  And you contradict yourself, you say he grown at the begging then say "thats why kids do what they do" Which is it? Is he grown or a kid?

Do you have an intelligent bone in your body?  For gods sake.

Wait, whaaa? You are accusing a child of producing child porn because he took a pic of his own member??? How insane and illegal is this

This has to be illegal some how. 

But if the boy is forced to do this. 

Then each person envolved in taking the photo, forcing the boy erect and each person that is required to look at the erect photo should also be charged with child pornagraphy as well 

Now I know where the slang term "Dick" for Detective came from...The prosecutor and anyone involved in photographing or forcing a child to gain an erection should be charged with sex abuse of a minor and production and distribution of child pornography...I do not know about the United States but here in Canada, as far as I know, Law Enforcement is not above the law of the land!

Isn't this the same city that that chick chopped off her ex's junk and threw it out the car window?  Babbit???? or something like that.  WHAT THE HELL is going on in that jurisDICKtion?

jeremy last i checked it is the court that has to prove it is his cock .

Is the child pornography his own dick? Or is he in possession of child pornography? Because if he's a teenage pedophile, keep him in jail! But if it's own privates, then that's another story.

this case is insane and unbelievably cruel. i believe they may possibly be referring to his having pics and video of his girlfriend, who being under 18 is considered a "child". and/or maybe they think pics or videos the boy has of himself is "child porn"! in todays world many teen boys have taken pics and videos of themselves, of course! in any case, these prosecutors are the perverse ones! so very sick!

In most states, pornographic images of minutes is child pornography, regardless of who took the pictures. It also doesn't matter whether or not the person receiving them asked for them or what age that person is. Many kids have already been charged with taking and sending photos of themselves.

Aren't people getting murdered ... somewhere... ???  Somebody call the cops!  Geesh..

America is insane. 

post a number for us to contact the police departments PR dept or prosecutors office......let us voice to them whar idiots they are

This is ridiculous!!! I bet the girlfriend made him do it! And that fact that the parent of that girl took it this far is even more absurd. Stuff like this happens all the time. I mean in reality it should not have went this far the girlfriends parents should of went to the boys parents. Not the police!

Not only are these cops perverts, they are stupid perverts! Good lord! Some people!

its fucking stupid!!! 

This whole thing is getting out of control. He's only 17. She's 15. Mentally, she's probably more mature. Leave the kid alone, you pervs!

Did you read the part where the girl asked him to stop? No means NO! Now in his defense, he obviously is denying it was him, possibly someone else he knows, and he has to prove it's not his cock!

First, where do you see that the girl told him no? I read the story in the Post, and all it said was he was told to stop and when he didn't the mother went to police. Not known is if the mother told him to stop, or the girl, also was he pressured to send it, and he just wanted to be liked? I am sure there is more here then what the press is releasing. This is wrong on so many levels. They are peers, go to school together and so on. The mother should have taken away the device, rather then having the police parent child to possibly scare her to stop this. Even if this goes away, this child will have his name indexed by search engines for years to come. If he was 18 and out of high school, I could understand the police charging him. But, Peers come on.

How is he distributing child porn, if it is own pictures...???

Instinct I am sorry use better judgement before publishing his name, he is a minor. Even if he has spoken to other press, it is their wrong choice to publish his name. Please think next time before doing such.

Wtf is wrong with people.

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