YOU BE THE JUDGE

The Facts

On a summer day, as 16-year-old Dallas W. and four friends walked along a public street in Artesia, Dallas twice stopped to moon oncoming traffic. An employee of the City of Artesia, happened to be across the street and called the police. A deputy sheriff responded and Dallas was arrested and charged with misdemeanor indecent exposure (Pen. Code, § 314, subd. 1) which reads in part:

"[e]very person who willfully and lewdly . . . [e]xposes his person, or the private parts thereof, in any public place, or in any place where there are present other persons to be offended or annoyed thereby[,] . . . is guilt of a misdemeanor."
The judge did say that Dallas did not act with "sexual intent in the sense that he intended to arouse himself or a third person by his act. I think he did it strictly to annoy and to affront people."  However, there is no question that Dallas had "exposed his buttocks . . . with the intent to annoy and affront people." 

You Decide

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