The Pennsylvania attorney who is prosecuting a 14-year-old boy for simulating oral sex with a statue of Jesus posted porn-related material online and has used his office to conduct an extramarital affair that resulted in criminal charges against him, the Friendly Atheist reported.
Less than a month before pursuing charges against the teen, Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins posted a link to this interview between radio host Howard Stern and porn actor Nick Manning in which Manning discusses his frequent use of the phrase “droppin’ loads” during his scenes. The video was also highlighted on Higgins’ personal YouTube account:
— Bill Higgins, Jr. (@BillHigg) August 16, 2014
Last week, Higgins invoked a “rarely used” law dating back to 1972 to charge the boy, saying that the “troubled young man” offended community morals with his display in front of a church in Everett, Pennsylvania. The teen faces up to two years in prison.
“His actions constitute a violation of the law, and he will be prosecuted accordingly,” he was quoted as saying. “If that tends to upset the ‘anti-Christian, ban-school-prayer, war-on-Christmas, oppose-display-of-Ten-Commandments’ crowd, I make no apologies.”
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Pennsylvania said on its Facebook page that it is “looking into” the case.
Six years ago, Higgins admitted to having extramarital sex in his local courthouse office with a woman following a meeting of the Bedford County Republicans. At the time, Higgins was the organization’s vice-chair. The woman later sued him, accusing him of sexual assault, but the charges were later dropped.