Manassas City, VA - Police in Virginia said Thursday they no longer plan to take sexually explicit photos of a 17-year-old in order to prove a sexting case against him.
Wednesday night, the Manassas City Police department issued a statement saying it was not their policy "to authorize invasive search procedures of suspects in cases of this nature."
They did not say if they plan to continue to pursue charges against the suspect.
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The girl's mother told police she repeatedly asked the young man to stop sending pictures and/or video to her daughter, but he refused.
The case began when the 17-year-old was arrested in January after sending his 15-year-old girlfriend pictures of himself performing a sex act.
At that time cops took a photo of the teen's genitalia.
The Washington Post reports, police have now filed a warrant asking to be allowed to take him to a hospital where an injection would cause his private parts to reach an “excited” state.
Police want to take another picture and compare it to the one sent to his girlfriend the first time. If it matches, they plan to charge the teenager with child pornography.
The Manassas City police department explained their decision in this release.
Carlos Flores Laboy is the young man’s guardian.
“They’re using a statute that was designed to protect children from being exploited in a sexual manner,” he told The Guardian,
“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.”