Manassas police decide no pictures of teen’s genitals needed in sexting case

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An update in the controversial Northern Virginia  sexting case CBS 6 first told you about earlier this week.

Manassas investigators won’t be taking explicit photos of a 17-year-old's genitals in an effort to prove he texted explicit images of himself repeatedly to a 15-year-old girl.

The Prince William prosecutor’s office and the Manassas police department were flooded with criticism from across the county because of published reports that they had obtained a search warrant to photograph the suspect’s erect penis to compare against the sexted images.

Today,  Manassas Police Lt. Brian Larkin said they won’t proceed with the plan and will let a search warrant authorizing the photos to expire.

Also today, Manasass  police Chief Doug Keen released a statement indicating they never planned to take the photos,  saying, quote: “It is not the policy of the Manassas City Police or the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office to authorize invasive search procedures of suspects in cases of this nature and no such procedures have been conducted in this case.”

Keen also stated the 17-year-old was initially charged in January after repeatedly sending explicit videos to the 15-year-old girl.

It’s unclear if the felony  case of manufacturing and distributing child pornography will proceed.

Read more here, on the Washington Post. 


  • lawmanjed

    Why should judges or magistrates who sign such insane search warrants not be held accountable to the public, whom they serve, for their actions? The search warrant issued in this case and the affidavit requesting the same should be publicly disclosed ASAP. Perhaps the facts leading up to the warrant are justified. Let it be examined in the light of day. Apparently, per Virginia law, the warrant will become “Void For Lack Of Timely Service,” if is not served “within fifteen days after issuance.” See below:
    “Once the magistrate issues the search warrant, his role with law enforcement is complete. The magistrate should not explain to the officer how to execute the search warrant or what documents the executing officer must leave at the place to be searched. The attorney for the Commonwealth or the law enforcement agency’s legal advisor should provide such guidance to executing officers.
    NOTE: A 2011 amendment to Va. Code § 19.2-54 limits the public’s ability to inspect affidavits for search warrants. Affidavits are not subject to inspection by the public until after the warrant that is the subject of the affidavit has been executed or 15 days after issuance of the warrant, whichever is earlier. By this time, the magistrate likely would have delivered the affidavit and all copies to the appropriate circuit clerks’ offices as required in the statute. Another 2011 amendment authorizes the appropriate court to temporarily seal the affidavit, any warrant issued pursuant thereto, any return made thereon, and any order sealing the affidavit, warrant, or return for a specific period of time upon application of the attorney for the Commonwealth for good cause shown.
    If the officer does not execute the search warrant within fifteen days after issuance, he or she must return the search warrant to the magistrate or other judicial officer who issued the search warrant pursuant to the last paragraph of Va. Code § 19.2-56. The magistrate then marks on the face of the search warrant “Void For Lack Of Timely Service,” signs and dates the warrant, and files it with the clerk of circuit court who possesses the original affidavit.”

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  • aconcerned parent

    Ok the judge and da need to ressign NOW. Their jobs do not give them the right to touch feel looat or even photogaph children in a sexual nature. So Monassas wins the perv popo award again for the 20b year and still running. When will the government step in and take down these pedophiless?

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