Manassas City is a town on a mission to stamp out child pornography in all its forms. Officials from the Virginia town are willing to go to any extreme in order to make sure that sexually explicit pictures of children are eradicated, even if it means taking sexually exploitative pictures of children.
This unwavering quest for justice began when a 15-year-old girl sent naughty photos of herself to her 17-year-old boyfriend. Apparently feeling compelled to respond, the unnamed 17-year-old shot video of his privates while they were standing at attention and sent them back to the young lady. Unfortunately for the young man, the young woman's mother filed a complaint against him. Responding to the complaint, local police charged the 17-year-old with the possession and manufacture of child pornography.
In other words, it's even pedophilia when the child is taking pictures of himself. There's also apparently no room in Virginia for being young and driven by your hormones. If convicted, the kid could be imprisoned until he's twenty-one.
Initially, the case was dismissed due to an error on the part of the prosecution (they "forgot to certify that the teen was a juvenile"). After the mistake was discovered, police arrested the 17-year-old and, according to his defense attorney Jessica Harbeson Foster, "took photos of the teen’s genitals against his will."
Apparently, the minor's flaccid member wasn't enough evidence on which to convict, so Foster claims that the Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Claiborne Richardson attempted to elicit a guilty plea from the young man or else they would, "obtain another search warrant 'for pictures of his erect penis,' for comparison to the evidence from the teen’s cell phone." According to one detective investigating the case, the expressed reason for needing pictures of the minor's erect penis was to "use special software" to compare the video on the teen's phone against the court ordered photos.
The matter has been postponed until July 15 when the boy is due back in court. In the meantime, more than one city official has stepped up to demonstrate that not everyone in the Manassas City criminal system is a nut.
Carlos Flores Laboy is the teen's guardian ad litem - which is just a court-appointed official whose job it is to make sure the teen's interests are protected (even though this reporter would argue he's a set of jailhouse dick pics too late). Laboy has harsh words for the officials who have conducted the investigation to date: "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.”