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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Recent Examples on the Web Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn's son has been arrested in Arlington on a charge of indecent exposure, according to the Dallas Morning News. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Son of Tarrant County sheriff arrested on indecent exposure charge in Arlington, reports say," 13 Oct. 2019 After an investigation in March 2015, Chandler police arrested him on two counts of child molestation and one count of indecent exposure. Arizona Republic, "'I’m not going to get adopted': Arizona teen wants to use her experiences in foster care to help others," 13 Nov. 2019 Collins, a 22-year veteran of the airline, was arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure after he was seen walking around naked in a Westin hotel room window on Sept. 20, 2018 at the airport. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "United Airlines pilot arrested for walking naked in Westin DIA hotel room receives $300,000 in settlement," 11 Nov. 2019 GLENDALE - North Shore police have responded to at least four reports of indecent exposure in the last several weeks. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Numerous incidents of indecent exposure recently in North Shore communities," 5 June 2018 Fred Merrill Shattuck was sentenced Tuesday for his fifth felony conviction and 10th indecent exposure conviction, dating to 1995, according to the district attorney’s office. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Man, 72, who exposed himself to teen girls in Jeffco gets 12 years in prison," 9 Aug. 2019 Third, sheriff’s deputies were instructed to increase citations charging dancers of indecent exposure. Scott Harrison, Los Angeles Times, "From the Archives: Caught looking," 16 Sep. 2019 Blake is now facing three charges of indecent exposure/lewdness, which carries a maximum sentence of three years in jail. Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "Brooklyn Center man accused of fishing in the nude on his pontoon," 3 July 2019 Saienni pleaded guilty last month in the local case to four misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man who flashed women near UCSD sentenced to jail, must register as sex offender," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of indecent exposure

1828, in the meaning defined above

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5 Dec 2019

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“Indecent exposure.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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