Va. man acquitted of indecent exposure in his home
yeah thats right

Va. man acquitted of indecent exposure in his home

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A man charged with indecent exposure after two women said they saw him naked inside his own home was acquitted Wednesday by a Virginia jury.

Erick Williamson, 29, has argued since his October arrest that he should not be punished for being naked in the privacy of his own home.

Police and prosecutors, as well as the two women who testified against him, said he intended to expose himself and made no attempt to conceal himself in a residential neighborhood filled with children.

"It's really a weight off my shoulders after these last six months," Williamson said after his acquittal. "I think (the verdict) kind of sets the record straight. It was an innocent action."

In December, a judge in Fairfax County's General District Court convicted Williamson of misdemeanor indecent exposure, but imposed neither jail time nor a fine. Still, Williamson appealed his case to the county's circuit court, risking a maximum punishment of a year in jail to clear his name.

"When you know you've done nothing wrong, it's hard to take these kind of accusations and not stand up to it," said Williamson, an out-of-work commercial diver who racked up thousands of dollars in legal fees.

At the time of his arrest, Williamson was sharing a home in Springfield with other commercial divers. He testified Wednesday that his roommates had gone to work and left him alone in the house for the first time in months. He was moving out, and decided to pack his belongings and make breakfast in the nude.

Two women testified that they saw him naked that morning. The first, a school librarian, said she heard a loud moan and drunken singing. Then, as she drove by Williamson's house at about 6:40 a.m., she saw him in the buff and called 911.

A police officer came by the house, saw nothing unusual and left.

Then, two hours later, Yvette Dean testified that she was walking her 7-year-old son to school when she saw a naked Williamson standing in an exterior doorway on the side of his home with the screen door wide open.

Dean testified that she made eye contact, angrily gave him the finger and hustled her son away. As she turned the corner, she looked back and saw Williamson from a front window, again completely naked.

Williamson did not dispute that the women may have seen him, but said he did not see them and did not make eye contact with Dean. He testified that if he had known he'd been seen, he would have put his pants on and gone outside and apologized.

Under Virginia law, indecent exposure occurs when a person intentionally makes an obscene display of his or her private parts. The law does not necessarily require the exposure to be in a public place — it allows for prosecution when the exposure occurs in a "place where others are present."

Prosecutor Marc Birnbaum said the circumstances of the case, from the librarian's testimony about loud moaning and drunken singing to Dean's testimony about eye contact, showed that Williamson intended to expose himself.

"This isn't a case about being naked in your house. This is a case about intentional exposure," Birnbaum said.
Welll.... it wasn't exactly "in" his home.... 

Besides, frying bacon in the nude is not that smart....  OSHA could've gotten involved on that aspect.... 
i do that. it just takes a little getting used to. i do almost everything in the buck besides shades or combat boots and me bonnet.
if its out in the back in side ill just be in buck with me bonnet and shades on
I always wondered why the two women peeking through his windows weren't the ones arrested?
(04-09-2010, 10:53 AM)Anastasia Wrote: I always wondered why the two women peeking through his windows weren't the ones arrested?

Exactly what I was wondering.  However, I think with the 2nd time, the man's actions were more obvious by the article implying he was in the doorway of his house.  But the first time?  How would that first woman know unless she was trying to look inside.
"as she drove by" does not sound like she was making an effort to peek inside.... and the second one obviously was within her rights to protect a public sidewalk area as a safe place to walk with a child...

There are good reasons for "privacy" hedges in suburban or semi-urban neighborhoods, after all.....
THIS MAN deserves a "golf clap"....

wow ben a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time since i saw that
There is also a lot to be said for buildings that are four stories without lawns and shrubs one next to each other so people walking by can't see what is going on. Forgive me but in my mind suburban lifestyle sprawl is right there at the root of all the problems.  What are commercial divers doing living in a home in burbia, can't they rent small studio flats or live in an apartment hotels while they are doing their business. Men that marry don't become commercial divers, and that could be the real reason that he was seen, the curiosity of nosy $0.02
I almost married a wannabe commercial diver once. (that is, he was not at the commercial level but his friends all lived like beach bums in a scuba shop on an island and one of them actually ran a business of some kind.)  (so he said....)

But I didn't marry him so I guess that proves your point.


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