indecent exposure


Definition of indecent exposure

: intentional exposure of part of one's body (such as the genitals) in a place where such exposure is likely to be an offense against the generally accepted standards of decency

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Edgar Mercado, 45, of 212 Olcott St., faces charges of indecent exposure and breach of peace, police said. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Manchester Man Arrested On Indecency Charge," 4 June 2018 Lavell Robinson, 36, of Coleman, was arrested on March 27 on charges of indecent exposure and stealing items valued at $2,500 or less. William Axford, Houston Chronicle, "Man accused of flashing in a Texas Walmart arrested nearly two years later," 3 Apr. 2018 Carter was taken to the Ventura County Jail where he was booked for indecent exposure and possessing drug paraphernalia. Jared Gilmour, sacbee, "Naked man walked into California Jack in the Box and masturbated, police say | The Sacramento Bee," 15 Feb. 2018 Deadly conduct and indecent exposure are among Gross's other past convictions, according to public records. Jose R. Gonzalez, Houston Chronicle, "Man charged for dragging officer with his car while fleeing police," 20 Mar. 2018 Teeples, who allegedly refused to put her clothes back on initially, was later arrested and charged with indecent exposure, the station reported. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Florida woman allegedly on crack, meth runs naked to get away from 'giant spider,' police say," 9 Aug. 2018 The citizen also alerted the staff of the Rock & Brews, who kept an eye on the bathroom until police arrived to arrest Jenkins, who was charged with multiple counts of indecent exposure. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Chili's patron arrested for 'purposefully exposing himself' while seated at bar," 10 July 2018 If caught, the suspect could face a charge of indecent exposure. Y.c. Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Pasadena cops seek man who allegedly exposed himself to resident," 14 June 2018 According to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Winslow also will be charged with kidnapping with the intent to commit rape, residential burglary and indecent exposure when he is scheduled to be arraigned Friday. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. arrested on suspicion of rape, kidnapping," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of indecent exposure

1828, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of indecent exposure

law : the crime of showing your sexual organs to other people in public

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Medical Definition of indecent exposure

: intentional exposure of part of one's body (as the genitalia) in a place where such exposure is likely to be an offense against the generally accepted standards of decency in a community

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Legal Definition of indecent exposure

: the exposing of one's private body parts (as the genitals) either recklessly or intentionally and under circumstances likely to cause offense or affront

Note: Indecent exposure is generally classified as a misdemeanor.

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