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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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 Anzelone was arraigned Wednesday in Milford District Court on charges of open and gross lewdness; lewd, wanton, and lascivious conduct; indecent exposure; and accosting or annoying another person, authorities said. Travis Andersen,, "Milford teacher, 40, allegedly exposed himself to teen Walmart worker in store bathroom," 24 May 2018 Bel Air Robert Whetzel, 57, of the 600 block of Helmsdale Court, was charged last Friday with indecent exposure and vandalism less than $1,000. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Police blotter," 28 June 2018 In 2013: Kinner was arrested in January for two counts of misdemeanor indecent exposure, and in December, he was arrested for felony especially aggravated robbery but the charge was dismissed. Ruth Brown, idahostatesman, "The man accused of killing toddler, stabbing 8 refugees, was arrested just 2 months ago," 2 July 2018 The 47-year-old Chesapeake Beach man was charged with indecent exposure, intoxicated public disturbance, and disorderly conduct. Washington Post, "Southern Maryland crime report," 28 June 2018

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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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