indecent exposure

noun

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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An affidavit obtained by Denver's KDVR-TV describes the May 17 flight to Charleston, S.C., from which airport police removed passenger Michael Allen Haag citing intoxication, unruly behavior and indecent exposure. Josh Hafner, USA TODAY, "Man urinated on seat mid-flight after touching female passenger without consent, FBI says," 22 May 2018 Ildephones has been formally charged breaching bail conditions, cruelty to animals, burglary, indecent exposure, simple assault, reckless conduct and criminal mischief. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Naked N.H. Man Allegedly Strangled a Golden Retriever," 22 June 2018 The 28-year-old is expected to be arraigned Thursday on several charges, including breaching bail conditions, cruelty to animals, burglary, indecent exposure, simple assault, reckless conduct and criminal mischief. Fox News, "New Hampshire man out on bail strips naked, breaks into apartment and chokes golden retriever, police say," 21 June 2018 He was eventually arrested and charged with being drunk in public, indecent exposure and assault on law enforcement. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Naked man arrested in Fairfax County," 7 June 2018 Other charges include kidnapping with the intent to commit rape, residential burglary and indecent exposure. Teri Figueroa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Complaint alleges five sexual assault victims in Kellen Winslow II case," 15 June 2018 While investigating the June case, surveillance footage connected Tirado to another indecent exposure incident on Dec. 10, 2017 aboard a bus in Anaheim, authorities said. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "Authorities seek possible additional victims in indecent exposure cases," 9 July 2018 The man is connected to several indecent exposure incidents, police say. Gabby Ferreira, sacbee, "He broke into a home naked and scared a teen — and it's not his first nude crime, Calif. cops say," 8 July 2018 On Thursday morning, testimony wrapped up in a preliminary hearing for the rape accusations and other charges, including indecent exposure. Teri Figueroa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Winslow II to face trial on two rape charges, linked by DNA to one accuser," 12 July 2018

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1828, in the meaning defined above

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indecent exposure

noun

English Language Learners Definition of indecent exposure

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

indecent exposure

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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

indecent exposure

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in·de·cent exposure

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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