If you are a teacher, it is not a bad thing to try to relate to your students and be well-liked by them. However, you should always be mindful of what you do to try to achieve those goals. For one substitute teacher, her attempts at getting her students to like her backfired. According to the news story, the substitute teacher is now facing criminal charges after doing a cartwheel during a high school choir class. Apparently, she did a cartwheel in front of students while wearing a skirt, but no underwear. To her dismay, a student recorded the whole thing on a cellphone. In Denver and Jefferson County, the substitute teacher could face charges of Indecent Exposure, C.R.S. 18-7-302, or Public Indecency, C.R.S. 18-7-301.
Indecent Exposure in Douglas County | Doing a Cartwheel with No Underwear in Public is Indecent Exposure?
To be convicted of Indecent Exposure in Douglas County, prosecutors would have to prove the substitute teacher exposed her genitals to the view of her students (causing alarm) with the intent to arouse or satisfy their sexual desire. If sexual intent cannot be proven, the teacher may instead face charges of Public Indecency, C.R.S. 18-7-301.
Public Indecency Lawyer in Arapahoe County | What is Public Indecency in Colorado?
In Arapahoe County, the substitute teacher may instead face Public Indecency, C.R.S. 18-7-301(1)(e), charges for exposing her genitals to the view of others, likely causing affront or alarm. Under this part of the Public Indecency statute, no sexual intent has to be present to face charges.
Indecent Exposure vs. Public Indecency in Adams County
Unlike Indecent Exposure, Public Indecency is not a sexual offense in Adams County. That means upon an initial conviction of Public Indecency, the defendant will not have to register as a sex offender or complete sex offender treatment. Additionally, an initial conviction of Public Indecency is a class 1 petty offense. But, an initial conviction of Indecent Exposure is a class 1 misdemeanor, which means you will face extended Adams County Jail time. In many cases, police assume the defendant's intent behind exposing their genitals is always for sexual arousal, so they charge the more serious offense of Indecent Exposure. For this reason, it's imperative to have a skilled criminal defense lawyer help prove to the judge and jury what a defendant's intent was to avoid being overcharged.
El Paso County Indecent Exposure Lawyer: Call the O'Malley Law Office
The line is thin between what qualifies as Public Indecency and what qualifies as Indecent Exposure in El Paso County and Colorado Springs, Colorado. Too often an accidental exposure of genitals, such as when urinating in public or changing in public, can lead to criminal charges of either offense, and in some cases a sex crime conviction. If facing charges of Public Indecency or Indecent Exposure in Colorado, consult an Indecent Exposure attorney or Public Indecency lawyer at the O'Malley Law Office to defend you. The criminal defense attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office understand the differences between these two crimes and can help reduce unreasonable charges against you.Request a Free Consultation