*** UPDATE:  The Virginia police officer who wanted to photograph a 17-year-old boy’s erect penis in connection to a juvenile sexting case committed suicide Tuesday as authorities planned to arrest him on unrelated pedophilia.  Detective David Edward Abbott, a member of the Northern Virginia-Washington DC Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, last year had obtained a warrant to inject a young boy with a drug that would cause an erection. Abbott wanted to photograph that erection and compare it with photos found on a 15-year-old girl’s phone.  Even though the courts legally allowed the police to do so, amidst public disdain, the police decided against allowing Abbott to perform the injection and take the photographs.  The 17-year-old boy got a year of probation.  Now, the local youth hockey coach and officer was facing 4 charges:  two counts of indecent liberties by a custodian and two counts of using a communication device to solicit sexual offenses with a young boy. For at least two years, Abbott had an inappropriate relationship with a boy, now 13.  Abbott was also accused of having an “inappropriate relationship with a second male victim”.  Despite these accusations, the The Manassas City Police Department lauded Abbott as a great officer after his suicide:

“This is a tragic and sad day for the Abbott family, the juvenile victims and their families, the Manassas City Police Department, and our community. In spite of these recent developments regarding the serious allegations against him, we are grateful for the contributions Det. Abbott made during his time with Manassas City Police, to include the prosecution and conviction of hundreds of criminals. His family and peers request privacy during this time as we grieve and struggle to accept the realities of such a loss.”

As officers arrived at his home, Abbott refused to surrender and shot himself.  ****

Sources:  Ars Technica  |  CBS6

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A Manassas City, Virginia teenager accused of sexting an explicit video to his girlfriend is facing a very disturbing warrant.  Manassas City Police and Prince William County prosecutors want to take a photo of his erect penis.  This could be accomplished by taking the teen to the hospital and injecting him with something to cause an erection before photographing him.  A Prince William County judge has not yet allowed the alleged evidence gathering to occur.

The 17-year-old is facing possession of child porn and manufacturing child porn.  If convicted, he would face 4 years in juvenile prison and inclusion as a sex offender, possibly for life.  NBC Washington interviewed the teen’s guardian, his aunt, who is absolutely shocked at the lengths the authorities are willing to go.

“The prosecutor’s job is to seek justice,” said the teen’s defense lawyer, Jessica Harbeson Foster, “What is just about this? How does this advance the interest of the Commonwealth? This is a 17-year-old who…[is] saddled with two felonies and the implication that he’s a sexual predator. I don’t mind trying the case…I don’t want him to go through that [forced sexual photographs]. Taking him down to the hospital so he can get an erection in front of all those cops, that’s traumatizing.”

Manassas City Police have no comment and the lead Detective David Abbott did not return a call to the media seeking comment.  The affidavit, which is not public until after it is served, has only been seen by a Prince William magistrate.

Foster said the case began when the 17-year-old’s 15-year-old girlfriend sent photos of herself to him.  He in turn sent a video back. The girl is not charged and it was her mother that filed the complaint against the boy.  The teen was served with petitions from juvenile court in early February and the case began trial preparations in June.  Foster said prosecutors forgot to certify the teen as a juvenile, so the case was dismissed.  Police immediately obtained new charges and a new search warrant.  Though the teen was not arrested in the first case, the police arrested him the second time around and took him to jail.

Foster said they have already taken genitalia photos.  But want to go a step further now.

The case was set for a July 1st trial.  Foster said that Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Claiborne Richardson told her that the boy must plead guilty or they will seek “pictures of his erect penis” for evidence comparison to the explicit video.  The teen refused to plead guilty, so prosecutors made good on their threat and requested a continuance to seek the search warrant.

Juvenile Judge Jan Roltsch-Anoll granted the continuance.  Despite the request by prosecutors, Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert said that the allegations “lack credibility”.  Carlos Flores Laboy, appointed as the teen’s ad litem guardian for the case, said he thought that it was illegal for police to create their own child pornography.

“They’re using a statute that was designed to protect children from being exploited in a sexual manner,” Flores Laboy said, “to take a picture of this young man in a sexually explicit manner. The irony is incredible.  As a parent myself, I was floored. It’s child abuse…”

Foster said that Detective Abbott told her that after obtaining the graphic photos the police could use “special software” to compare “penis to…penis”.

“Who does this?  It’s just crazy.”

For now, Juvenile Judge Lisa Baird has allowed the teen to visit family out of state and has not yet approved the warrant.

The next court date is July 15th.

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  1. Rob says:

    Abbott killed himself this morning as detectives from another department were about to arrest him for sex crimes he committed on victims he met by being a youth hockey coach. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/manassas-city-police-detective-in-teen-sexting-case-commits-suicide/2015/12/15/de88f7c4-a356-11e5-9c4e-be37f66848bb_story.html?hpid=hp_local-news_manassas-303p%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

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