Readers — Oh, the puns I will refrain from. (Though it’s…hard!) Suffice to say, there are many problems with America’s sex offender laws, but perhaps this case illustrates their absurdity best. As Robby Soave writes at Reason:
The authorities in Prince William County, Virginia, are pursuing child pornography charges against a 17 year old who exchanged nude picture texts with his 15-year-old girlfriend. The police have even filed a warrant that would permit them to take the teen to the hospital, give him an erection-producing injection, and photograph his penis. Prosecutors want to compare this photograph to the one the teen sent to his girlfriend, establishing that they depict the same thing.
Some astute logicians might point out the irony of the police effectively creating child pornography in order to prosecute someone for creating child pornography.
And how about the other absurdity: prosecuting one of two teens (the guy) who felt like sending sexts to each other? Why is that a crime? And how is prosecuting two people in a consensual relationship saving children from abuse, which is ostensibly what the sex offender laws were created to do?
The cops ALREADY took pictures of this young man’s privates when they arrested him. But they want more. Good grief, guys: Why not just rent, “You’ve Got Male” and be done with it?
And by the way, if the fellow, who plead not guilty, IS convicted of manufacturing and possessing child porn, he can go to jail till he’s 21 and land on the Sex Offender Registry, possibly for life. I’m sure we’d all feel much safer with
these penis-crazed cops and prosecutors this horny teenager locked up.