Police: We Will Not Force Teen to Pose Naked for Photo

Manassas City, Virginia police said they would not serve a search warrant that allowed them to take explicit photos of a 17-year-old boy’s genitals, the Washington Post reports.

Trey Simms faces two felony child pornography charges for sexting his then 15-year-old girlfriend, and prosecutors said they needed the photo to compare his genitals to those seen in the footage.

The Post reports:

On Thursday, Prince William authorities decided to drop that plan. Lt. Brian Larkin of the Manassas City police said, “We are not going to pursue it.’’ He said the police planned to allow the search warrant, obtained last week, to expire. He would not say why the decision had been made to abandon the warrant or discuss the reasons for the search.

Larkin referred further questions to Prince William Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul B. Ebert. Ebert did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

An earlier statement from the police department said “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.’’

Neither the Police Department nor the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office discuss evidentiary issues prior to court hearings, it added.


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