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 went to arrest him on pedophilia-related charges. Those charges were not connected to last year's sexting case that received global media coverage.
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. Amid a public outcry, the Manassas City police eventually decided against doing that. The 17-year-old boy got a year of probation for sexting his teen girlfriend.
Abbott then sued the boy's attorney. He claimed Jessica Foster caused him "severe emotional distress" when The Washington Post reported that "Foster said Detective Abbott told her that after obtaining photos of the teen's erect penis he would use 'special software to compare pictures of this penis to this penis. Who does this? It's just crazy.'"