Man Convicted for Being Nude in His Own House

December 24, 2009

washingtonpost.com : ‘Intentionally naked’ Fairfax County man appealing his conviction.

The Fairfax County man who was arrested for being naked — in his home — was found guilty Friday of indecent exposure.
E.W. 29, continued to believe that he had done nothing wrong and that he did not purposely expose himself to two women and a 7-year-old boy who walked past his house the morning of Oct. 19. He immediately appealed his conviction.
A seven-person jury in misdemeanor appeals court will rule on the propriety of Williamson’s domestic nudity in February.

Because his roommates were gone and E.W. had the place to himself, he said, he walked down to the kitchen sans garments.
In his closing argument, Defense attorney Dickson J. Young said that “nudity in one’s home is not a crime. Under the circumstances of this case, a person who is careless, who should have drawn the blinds and didn’t, that is not criminal behavior. If you’re in a private place and take your clothes off, you have not committed a crime.”

After making his comment that John Dillinger also thought he was doing no wrong, for which Young had no rejoinder, the judge issued his ruling. “I believe from the evidence here,” O’Flaherty said, “that the gentleman obviously was intentionally naked in the house. I find that the windows were completely uncovered. The fact that it went on for so long indicates an obscene display, and I find the gentleman guilty.”

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