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

Examples of indecent exposure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Police were called to the area for a report of indecent exposure. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2022 Investigators found a close match to a man who had been arrested three times for rape in the 1960s and once for indecent exposure and assault in 1983 and exhumed his body to confirm the match. Catherine Rentz, ProPublica, 16 Dec. 2021 Thompson said the Santa Cruz store experiences a high rate of incidents of harassment, indecent exposure and threats of violence, and employees don’t feel supported by management or corporate executives. Los Angeles Times, 21 Jan. 2022 The man was arrested in Santa Clara last week and booked into jail on five counts of indecent exposure and three counts of annoying or molesting a child under 18. Ryce Stoughtenborough, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Mar. 2022 Fiser, 26, was charged with two counts of child molestation in 2018 as well as indecent exposure, voyeurism and assault in 2019. Brock Blasdell, The Arizona Republic, 2 Mar. 2022 The transgender woman at the center of the controversy was charged with multiple counts of indecent exposure in September. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 3 Feb. 2022 Investigators are trying to determine if Cesany is responsible for other acts of indecent exposure in Palm Beach and Broward counties. Eileen Kelley,, 11 Aug. 2021 Jennette was arrested on May 4, 2020, for public intoxication, indecent exposure and resisting arrest, according to court records. Nicole Acevedo, NBC News, 22 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of indecent exposure

1828, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of indecent exposure was in 1828

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17 May 2022

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“Indecent exposure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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