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Over a year ago, a Prior Lake resident was arrested originally with a charge of disorderly conduct when he allegedly exposed himself on the shore of the lake to a father and daughter while attempting to gain their attention by waving his arms excitedly. This was apparently later changed to indecent exposure when he was formally charged.
However, according to a recent Savage Pacer article, the man was recently acquitted on charges after several people came forward and noted he was not being indecent in his actions. These witnesses refuted the claims originally made by the father and daughter and the Scott County deputy who saw the naked man, wearing only a baseball cap, who tried to put on shorts and walk away as he approached.
His acquittal wasn’t the strangest part of the proceedings, it was the comment from his lawyer following the trial.
From the article:
“It doesn’t matter if he was clothed or not, he wasn’t being indecent,” Engh said. “He should never have been charged.”
So while six people came forward to testify on his behalf that he was not being indecent, according to the statute it would appear that just by being nude in public that he was in violation of the law.
What do you think about this one? Do you think he was in violation of the law by sitting on the shore of the lake nude regardless if he was trying to being attention to himself or not? What about the six people who came forward to testify on his behalf? Would you testify for someone who was sitting nude on a lakeshore? Do you think that nudity laws should be repealed? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.