Does this take the cake, or what?
As I best understand it, two kids are dating. Yes, a 15YO girl and a 17YO boy. It seems the girl sent photos of herself to him and the boy responded with a video of himself. The girl's mom called the police.
The police now have a warrant. Listen carefully. Yes, the police want to take the teen boy to a hospital, have him injected so that he'll have an erection, and film him so that they, the police, can match their video with the one that he sent his girl friend.
"The teen is facing two felony charges in juvenile court, manufacturing and distributing child pornography, which could lead not only to incarceration until he’s 21 but also to inclusion on the state sex offender registry, at a judge’s discretion, for the rest of his life."
This is wrong on so many accounts.... First off, the law makers may have been well-intentioned and I'm sure they had in mind legislation that would allow then to prosecute and convict sexual predators preying on young people. But, we hear too often of cases like this, where a couple of kids are being kids and a felony conviction is looming in their future. These laws need to be changed and make allowances for the kids (under 18) who get caught in this net. I would hope that all police departments have better things to do than spend countless hours trying convict a couple of teenagers for being, yes, teenagers.
I'm sure the parents of young girls don't want them sending their nude snaps around, but that's the way it is. This is for the parents to deal with not the police. A crime to send a nude photo of yourself when you're a teenager sending it to another teenager!
When I was growing up many families didn't have phones much less every kid running around with these fancy photo-taking phones.
If you're interested, here's the article from the Virginian-Pilot.
EDIT: Note, the paper is now reporting that the cops are no longer going to pursue the warrant. Yes, evidently the outcry was such that they decided to not got forward with the warrant. Now, if they'd just drop the case.
EDIT: 7/12/2014 11:50pm I just added the Virginia seal. Yes, there's a breast exposed. Take a look here to see what our attorney general did in 2010.
EDIT: 7/13/2014 10:29am Well, speaking of boobs.
Yes, I have one of these (long story, for another time). It's a 1917 quarter.
"A Bare-Breasted Liberty Finally Meets Her Outraged Public: