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Man convicted of in-home indecent exposure - December 18, 2009, 05:51 PM

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Man convicted of in-home indecent exposure

2 women say they saw him naked from windows of his Virginia home



FAIRFAX, Va. - 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.
"I think that being tried and found guilty of something like this is outrageous," Williamson said after he was convicted and sentenced. "I feel like I'm living in a fishbowl."
Williamson testified that he never intended to expose himself and was simply exercising "personal freedom" as he spent several hours naked in his Springfield home packing up belongings.
Police, prosecutors and two witnesses, though, said Williamson's actions were designed to draw attention to himself.
The first woman, school librarian Joyce Giuliani, said she heard some loud singing as she left her home and drove to work. As she drove by Williamson's home, she saw him naked, standing directly behind a large picture window.

'Eye contact'
A few hours later, Yvette Dean was walking her 7-year-old son to school along a trail that runs by Williamson's home.
She heard a loud rattle, looked to her left and saw Williamson standing naked, full frontal, in a side doorway.
"He gave me eye contact," Dean said, but otherwise made no gestures toward her or her son.
As she turned the corner, she looked back at the home, in disbelief at what she had just seen. Again, she saw Williamson, naked in the same picture window.
One of Williamson's housemates testified that Williamson had been nude well before dawn. Timothy Baclit testified that he woke up around 5 a.m. to go to work and found saw Williamson walking around "naked ... with a hard hat."
He said he warned Williamson that he would be visible to passers-by but that Williamson did not respond.
Williamson, 29, said the conversation with Baclit never occurred and that he never noticed that two women had seen him. He said "it did not occur to me" that people outside the home might see him naked.
'No one deserves to see it'

Regardless of whether he was seen, Williamson's conduct does not constitute indecent exposure, said his attorney, Dickson Young.
Under Virginia law, the charge requires "an obscene display or exposure" and must occur in "a public place or a place where others are present."
Young argued that neither prong had been met.
"Mere nudity is insufficient to declare conduct obscene," Young said, noting that none of the women testified that Williamson was aroused or that he made any sort of obscene gesture. "Nudity in one's own home is not a crime."
Fairfax County Prosecutor Marc Birnbaum said the witness testimony shows that he intended to expose himself to the women by making himself visible for extended periods of time and drawing attention to himself by making rattling noises and singing.
"No one deserves to see it, certainly not a young child," Birnbaum said.
Birnbaum sought jail time for Williamson, but General District Judge Ian M. O'Flaherty imposed only a suspended sentence, meaning that Williamson will serve no jail time if he keeps out of trouble.
If Williamson follows through on his plans to appeal, though, a circuit court judge could impose a stiffer punishment, technically up to a year in jail.
Williamson's Oct. 24 arrest received national attention and spurred debate about the boundaries of acceptable nudity.

Debate rages on
Kent Willis, director of the Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said there is no line that defines what is acceptable in these types of cases.
"How you define public and private space depends on the behavior that's taking place," Willis said. He said that if the case is pursued through appellate courts, it could potentially provide more clarity on what constitutes indecent exposure in Virginia.
Williamson, a commercial diver who has since moved out of Fairfax County, said he was shocked by the verdict. He suggested after the hearing that he was the victim of a double standard.
"If I was looking in her window, I think we'd be having a whole different conversation," he said.


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December 18, 2009, 06:09 PM

WHAT FUCKING BULL SHIT!!!! Now this great government is telling us what we can and cant do in our own home. So much for home of the free!





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December 18, 2009, 06:11 PM

well apparently he was trying to be seen, therefore he deserves his punishment.


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December 18, 2009, 06:51 PM

Oh fcuk !

Let me get my ass up from infront of this computer and put some clothes on...

Oh wait...
Only Virginia convict on these kinds of things....

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this is really ridiculous... wow


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he was exposing himself in front of kids

I think he should have went to jail that is just not right

what does he do to kids behind closed doors?


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he was exposing himself in front of kids

I think he should have went to jail that is just not right

what does he do to kids behind closed doors?
we can only imagine


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December 19, 2009, 08:35 AM

When this was on the news they were saying he was standing in an open side door in his carport. Just one of those non-enclosed types at the end of a driveway. If that's true, its a bit different than incidental exposure due to walking around naked.


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Stand in front of a glass door doing the helicopter in while the kids are walking to school, you deserve to go to jail. I will laugh my ass off if he gets jail time when it goes to appeal.
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December 19, 2009, 08:49 AM

that sucks, the ladies should be charged with peeping.

he's right that it'd be a completely different story had he been the one looking in to the females window.


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December 19, 2009, 09:24 AM

If he was wanking it or what not, I'd feel he deserved some punishment. But a nude man or woman isn't that big a deal, even in front of kids, just my opinion. And its true he'd be pilloried for peeping if a chick exposed hersel with the role reversed. 'Course no dude would press charges hehe.

Yes, if my son saw that, I'd be like, "that's a naked dude, its weird, but carry on."


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In-Home Indecent Exposure Conviction Overturned
By Matthew Stabley

Virginia, you can strut around your home nude again. The indecent exposure conviction of a man seen naked in his home was overturned in Circuit Court in Fairfax County Wednesday.
Erick Willliamson was arrested in October on a misdemeanor charge after a woman and her 7-year-old son told police they walked by the house at about 8:30 a.m., heard a noise, looked over and saw a naked man standing in a doorway. As they continued past the house, they saw him again through a front window.
Williamson, an underwater construction diver, lived in a Springfield home owned by the company he worked for at the time of the October incident. A roommate employed by the same company said in October that Williamson had been fired the Friday before the incident for missing work and was behaving oddly that Oct. 19 morning.
"We wake up to Erick running around the house with nothing but a work hardhat on, butt naked," the roommate told News4.
Williamson admitted to being naked and said he probably could be seen from outside the home.
Prosecutors said Williamson intended to make a display of himself and made no effort to cover up.
Williamson was sentenced in December to only a suspended sentence -- no fine -- but he appealed anyway. He testified Wednesday that he did not mean to be seen and that he believes he has the right to be naked in his own home, the Associated Press reported.
A seven-person jury deliberated for fewer than 20 minutes before acquitting Williamson.


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