In Maryland, indecent exposure is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to three
years in state prison, as well as a fine of up to $1,000. However, certain
aggravating circumstances, including the presence of young children during
indecent exposure, can result in far more serious consequences. This may include being forced
to register as a sex offender, which has lasting impacts on a person’s life.
Earlier this year, a 48-year-old man was arrested for exposing himself
in front of Ridgely Middle School in Lutherville, Maryland. A mother was
walking her daughters to school on January 6 when she passed a van parked
near the school on Lynncrest Road near Welford Court, which is a high
traffic area for students walking to school.
When she passed the van, she allegedly noticed that the man inside was
exposing himself. Further, she also reportedly noticed that the license
plate was taped over. When the man later drove away, another parent followed
the van and was ultimately able to get a license plate number after the
motorist pulled over and took the tape off.
The man, a former Baltimore County police officer, eventually turned himself
in to the authorities. In March, he was convicted of indecent exposure.
He was sentenced to three years in jail, with all but three months suspended.
He expects to be released late next month.
A silly action performed on a dare such as mooning a crowd at a sporting
event or urinating in an alley after a night of drinking may result in
an indecent exposure charge. While many people consider indecent exposure
unimportant, the reality is that a simple unintentional act may be perceived
by the state’s attorney’s office or the U.S. attorney’s
office as a crime and could result in jail time.