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Friday, July 4, 2014

Manassas Virginia 17 Year Old (a minor) Who “Sexted” His 15 year old Girlfriend is Forced by a Warrant to Allow the Virginia Authorities to Take Photos of His Genitalia

 
Update:
See July 9, 2014 Post


Original Post: 

Even though this 17 year old and his aunt voluntarily participated in this NBC interview/article he is a minor so I have made the decision to remove his name from this post to limit any future damage a Google search could do to his reputation, re-entry and future endeavors 2, 5 or 10 years from now.

This is the 4th case in 2014 that I have come across in the news since a bill HB1260 proposed at the 2014 Virginia General Assembly session to fix the issue of treating Teen Sexting the same a Child Pornography was killed by the House Criminal Sub-Committee. Virginia juveniles, who create, distribute and/or possess sexual images under no threat, force or intimidation need to be treated differently than adults who produce sexual abuse images of children. Felony charges, prison time and a lifetime public label as a Violent Sex Offender is not only excessive and unnecessary but cruel and unusual. Such a fate is not productive for the state or for the juvenile and neither is the looming threat of prosecution while the Commonwealth Attorney take their time gathering evidence and violating the Manassas 17 year old. In the meantime the family spends tens of thousands of dollars for legal representation while the possibility of being publicly labeled a predator, pedophile and pervert looms overhead for him. Most teens and adults can not deal with this pressure, for example Christian Adamek of Alabama gave up and committed suicide in October 2013 because a future as a Registered Sex Offender was too much to bear and his family later learned the prosecutor wasn’t going to go forward with his “streaking” case. Too little too late. 

4 cases in 7 months I wonder how many more cases that haven’t been in the local news are churning through the Virginia courts today? 

It’s time for Virginia to separate Teen Sexting from Child Pornography! 

Mary

 
Va. Teen Could be Jailed for "Sexting" Girlfriend, July 3, 2014

Manassas VA, Prince William County 

A Virginia teen is facing two felony charges after he was caught sexting with his girlfriend. 

If he's convicted, he could be forced to register as a sex offender and spend time in jail. 

_________, 17, was charged with manufacturing and distributing child pornography in January, while exchanging texts with his then-girlfriend, who was 15 at the time. His iPhone and iPad were seized by police, and he was taken into custody.