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Va. Teen Forced to Submit to Explicit Photos Files Lawsuit

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    Trey Sims has filed a lawsuit after police took nude photographs of him as evidence.

    A teenager who says police took explicit photos of him during a sexting investigation has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit.

    Nineteen-year-old Trey Sims of Manassas was charged with child pornography in 2014 when he and his then-17-year-old girlfriend exchanged explicit photos.

    The lawsuit says police took photos of Sims' penis after his arrest on the premise of needing a comparison. Police then obtained a search warrant compelling photos of Sims' erect penis, but backed down after public protests.

    A year later, the detective on the case, David Abbott, killed himself as police prepared to arrest him on unrelated child sex-abuse charges.

    Sims' lawsuit names Abbott's estate and prosecutor Claiborne Richardson as defendants. Richardson did not return a call seeking comment.

    The lawsuit was first reported in The Washington Post.