Softball and baseball games can sometimes be long to sit through, but are they long enough to risk being charged with Indecent Exposure?Apparently, a while ago a Loveland man was caught masturbating while watching a softball game. People saw him with his pants down near a tree, and called the police about it. In Douglas, Jefferson County, and everywhere else in Colorado, this man could face charges of Indecent Exposure.
What is Indecent Exposure in Colorado?
The definition of Indecent Exposure, C.R.S 18-7-302 in Adams and Arapahoe County is:
A person commits indecent exposure:
- If he or she knowingly exposes his or her genitals to the view of any person under circumstances in which such conduct is likely to cause affront or alarm to the other person with the intent to arouse or to satisfy the sexual desire of any person;
- If he or she knowingly performs an act of masturbation in a manner which exposes the act to the view of any person under circumstances in which such conduct is likely to cause affront or alarm to the other person.
The man was said to have been masturbating out in public, and was seen by others. If his pants were down, it is likely his genitals were also exposed to the view of others. If this wasn't shocking to other people, they likely wouldn't have called the police about the man. So, it is likely he could face charges of Indecent Exposure as a result of his actions.
How Indecent Exposure is Charged in Littleton and Aurora
An expert sex crimes defense lawyer may be able to prove that someone's actions were not driven by sexual desires or sexual pleasure.
Sometimes, people in Littleton, Colorado can be charged with Indecent Exposure for urinating in public or mooning someone in public. They may be unaware that they are in the sight of others. This can be hard because someone that sees you could easily report you to police, like what happened in this news story. In other cases, people might be caught sunbathing nude in their backyard and a neighbor decides that it's offensive enough to report. Most of the time these actions are not driven by sexual desires or sexual pleasure, which is essentially a defense that can be utilized by any of our criminal defense attorneys.
Consequences of Indecent Exposure in Denver
Indecent Exposure is normally a class 1 misdemeanor in Colorado, but is a class 6 felony if someone has two prior convictions of the same charge, or if someone has been convicted of this crime or a similar offense in another state in the United States. A class 6 felony may result in a year to 18 months in the Colorado Department of Corrections. Indecent Exposure is also a sex offense, so anyone convicted would have to register as a sex offender. They would also be overseen by treatment providers following guidelines set by the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB). The consequences of an Indecent Exposure conviction are harsh, and require a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer to represent you before a jury.
Charged with Indecent Exposure? Contact the Best El Paso County Criminal Defense Attorneys
The lawyers at the O'Malley Law Office have handled numerous sex crime cases and know how serious sex offense charges can be. We fight aggressively on behalf of the people we represent. Most of our clients receive probation and don't serve jail time if they plead guilty. If facing charges of Indecent Exposure anywhere in Colorado, contact our office today for a free initial consultation.Request a Free Consultation