NEW YORK — Parents of a 7-year-old boy have filed a federal lawsuit against the makers of the popular Roller Skates, saying the skates could be used in sexual assault cases.
The parents say that Roller Skate is a “sexual predator,” that it “could be used to assault a child” and that its “pornographic, degrading and offensive content” would encourage violence against women.
The suit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, says that Roller skates are used in “porno and sexually explicit material” and in “sexually explicit videos.”
The parents, including their sons, say the skate’s “posterior” end “is designed to look like a vagina,” and that the “slide on the rear is designed to appear like a penis.”
The suit seeks unspecified damages, as well as injunctive relief.
Roller Skater is based in California.
Its makers, Skate Shop Inc., did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The lawsuit comes as the U.K. government is considering legislation to regulate online child pornography.
In November, a woman in New Jersey was convicted of sexually abusing her five-year old son, who is autistic and suffers from severe attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
The child was charged as an adult with rape and attempted rape.
The case against the boy, David A. Staley, was dismissed.