The Molestation of Justice

I originally titled this post, “Will the Real Sex Offenders Please Fuck Off.”

But I was afraid some of you might think less of me, upon realizing that — even though it’s completely appropriate under the circumstances, as you will see — I sometimes use foul language.

In Manassas City, Virginia, the police department, with the blessing of prosecutors and, possibly, at least one of their judges, want to give a boy a hard-on. 1 Then they want to take a picture of it.

And they don’t want to do this in the normal way that cops usually use to give underage boys hard-ons. 

I would have posted more links to such stories, but,

And then there’s this cop. The charges relating to the cows were later dismissed, because the judge wasn’t sure the cows were tormented by the charged acts.

No one thinks that what the officers in the stories linked above did was legal, right, or otherwise justified — except maybe the cops charged in those crimes. But police in Manassas City, Virginia believe they are totally justified in creating and distributing child pornography under color of law.

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.

You read that right. Police and prosecutors want to force an underage boy to have an erection. Then they want to take a picture of it. Whether they will all stand around and look at it while taking this picture is unknown, but there can be no doubt that they intend to give the picture to others to look at afterwards.

What could possibly justify those who are responsible for arresting and prosecuting people who do such things doing such things themselves?

Foster said the case began when the teen’s 15-year-old girlfriend sent photos of herself to the 17-year-old, who in turn sent her the video in question.

According to a story published in Australia about the case, police already arrested the boy and took pictures of his non-erect penis against his will, after the case was dismissed due to a technical — not a moral — mistake previously made in the case.

#NotAllCops in Virginia engage in incest, but apparently more than a few are sex perverts confused about the proper way to enforce laws against the creation and possession of child pornography.

Unsurprisingly, the story has gone international.

The boy was charged with possessing child pornography because police say he had the pictures which his 15-year-old girlfriend originally “sexted” to him. He was also charged with the much more serious crime of manufacturing child pornography because he allegedly willingly took a picture, or perhaps a video, of his own penis.

That’s right, allegedly the boy willingly took a picture of his own penis, which police and prosecutors say is against the law because he’s underage. Taking pictures of the genitals of underage people, they say, is against the law; it constitutes creation of child pornography. It does not matter that — if true — it was the boy himself, alone by himself, who took the picture. It does not matter that — if true — the boy willingly obtained an erection, and willingly took the picture. That’s a teenage boy allegedly manufacturing and distributing child pornography. That’s against the law.

So now the police say the solution is to force the boy, against his will, to get an erection, a hard-on, a stiffie — while someone else watches, and someone else photographs — and then allow them to distribute the picture to others involved in the case. That’s the police and prosecutors actually manufacturing and distributing pornography. That’s apparently not against the law.

The girl who allegedly started the whole thing by sexting the boy in the first place, by the way, has not been charged, and there is no mention of any plans to forcibly strip and photograph her genitalia — aroused, or unaroused — in order to prosecute her and possibly label her as a sex offender for the rest of her life.

Is there irony here? Is there something morally wrong here? Is there something insane here?

As the defense attorney in the case said after a detective told her they would use special software to compare photos of the teen’s erect penis with evidence in the case,

Who does this? It’s just crazy.

Who does this, indeed? And who stands by and permits it to be done? Why aren’t you blogging about this, or writing to the authorities, or on the phone to the Manassas City Police Department right now?


  1. A magistrate has issued a search warrant allowing police to manufacture child pornography, but has held the warrant pending the outcome of legal challenges. []

About Rick

Rick Horowitz is a criminal defense attorney with an extreme dislike of the criminal "justice" system which routinely ignores the Constitution, the Law, and the lives it ruins.

In addition to this blog, Rick also owns Fresno Criminal Defense.


  1. Mike Paar says:

    More police officers are convicted of child sex crimes than all other professions, it’s law enforcement’s “dirty little secret.” [Ed. note: Self-promoting link removed.]

  2. A little off topic, but I’m really wondering who the girl is. Or more precisely, who her mom is. Because some of the things about this story — police overreaction, the asymmetric prosecution — would make a lot more sense if the police saw the girl as “one of us.” I mean, maybe it’s just routine assholery, but I wouldn’t be surprised if mom has some connection to the department. Maybe she’s a civilian employee, or has a relative on the force.

    • I don’t know what good speculating about that does, since that’s all it is.

      There’s no way to know.

      As for the asymmetric prosecution, that’s fairly standard in similar types of cases I’ve seen here in the Central San Joaquin Valley of California.

      And “overreaction”? I didn’t know the police had any other mode.

  3. “And who stands by and permits it to be done? Why aren’t you blogging about this, or writing to the authorities, or on the phone to the Manassas City Police Department right now?”

    1. Because you are blogging about this, and even SG at simplejustice blog acknowledges you’ve done it well.

    2. Do you seriously propose to write letters to thugs who will conspire to torture a teenage boy in order to manufacture child pornography? That seems both dangerous and rather unlikely to be effective.

    3. Never call the police for any reason. Full stop.

    I’m not suggesting there is nothing to be done. I won’t accept a scintilla of responsibility for the actions of criminals, no matter what costumes they wear.

    • Well, I guess you’ve decided to do nothing then. The world, I’m sure, is a better place for your efforts.

      • Not at all. The world you see is smaller than the world that is. I was motivated by your post to take several actions, but none of them appear in the brief list you provided.


  1. […] As much as I appreciate the dozen or more emails and twits about this story, Rick Horowitz has already written a post that captures the depth of all this wrongfulness.  There’s no need for me to pile on, as Rick has said what needs to be said. Go read Rick’s post. […]

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