The Washington Post reports that Manassas police want to bring a 17 year old boy to the police station, inject him with an erection causing substance, and photograph his . . . shall we call it a tallywhacker?
Why? They believe that he sent a photograph to his 15 year old girlfriend via text. This technically violates child pornography laws and could subject him to years in prison and a lifetime of being a registered sex offender.
But forcing him to strip in front of a group of men, injecting him, and photographing his erection is somehow OK.
Remember, actually having sex with her is legal.
In the 1970s, a loose approximation of this was seen as fodder for laughing at the prudishness of some in society, represented by Beulah Beulah Beulah Balbricker. Now it is seen as acceptable police practice?
Child pornography laws were passed to protect children, not to allow police to victimize them. And certainly not to impose upon a 17 year old a stigma that could annihilate any chances at a normal life.
Child sexual abuse and pornography is a serious and dastardly problem. But the investigation and punishment need to fit the seriousness of the crime. No way should a 17 year old who sent a picture to his girlfriend have to face jail or a lifetime stigma.