WASHINGTON (AP) - The lead detective in a high-profile “sexting” case is suing a northern Virginia attorney for criticizing a police search warrant that sought pictures of a 17-year-old boy’s erect penis.
Detective David Abbott of the Manassas City Police Department filed a defamation lawsuit against attorney Jessica Foster on Oct. 16. Foster represented the 17-year-old Manassas City teen charged with distributing child pornography for allegedly texting a sexually explicit video of himself to his 15-year-old girlfriend.
The Washington Post reports (https://wapo.st/14js08e ) that Abbott’s lawsuit claims comments Foster made to the newspaper in July caused Abbott intense public scrutiny, embarrassment, and shame, and hurt his reputation as a police officer.
Foster’s attorneys say her comments - calling a police search warrant “crazy” - were not defamatory and are constitutionally protected free speech.
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