Recently, a man has been declared wanted for being naked in his own home. This Chicago man was in front of his apartment window and allegedly exposed himself specifically so that young children and their mother would see. Now, this crime seems much more clear-cut. Should the accused have actually intended to expose himself, then it is obviously inappropriate.
Indecent Exposure - Can I Be Charged if I Am Naked in My Own Home?
Man convicted of in-home indecent exposure
Naturism is used to describe the activities of persons who espouse nudity as part of their lifestyle. In the case of naturism a balance needs to be struck between the naturist's right to freedom of expression and the right of the wider public to be protected from harassment, alarm and distress. Although every case should be considered according to its own facts and merits in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors a consistent approach to naturism should be adopted to maintain public confidence in the CPS. Where none of the features exist that would bring behaviour within the ambit of one of the offences set out in the section on Other offences that might involve nudity below, the recommended approach to naturism should be as follows. In the absence of any sexual context and in relation to nudity where the person has no intention to cause alarm or distress it will normally be appropriate to take no action unless members of the public were actually caused harassment, alarm or distress as opposed to considering the likelihood of this. In this case such conduct should be regarded as at most amounting to an offence under section 5 of the Public Order Act POA.
Can I Get in Legal Trouble for Being Nude in My Own Home?
As Erick Williamson sees it, being naked is liberating, and if passers-by get an eyeful while he's standing in front of a picture window, that's not his problem. A Fairfax County judge saw it a little differently Friday, convicting Williamson of indecent exposure in a case that has raised questions about what's OK when you're in your own home. Two women said they saw much more of Williamson than they cared to in October, even though he never left the confines of his home. He received neither jail time nor a fine but is appealing anyway, saying a larger principle is at stake.
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 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.