Indecent exposure is when a person carelessly shows his or her private parts while another person who might be offended is around. Private parts include a man or woman’s genitals and anus, and a woman’s breasts. Indecent exposure does not include the situation where a mother shows her breast while breast-feeding.
An example of indecent exposure would be Jane lifting her shirt to show her breasts to her boyfriend while her boyfriend’s friend is around. On the other hand, Jane exposing her breast to breastfeed her child while others are around would not be considered indecent exposure.
Indecent exposure is generally a class 1 misdemeanor, meaning a person convicted of the crime could spend up to 6 months in jail and could be fined up to $2,500. The crime becomes a class 6 felony for those who commit an act of indecent exposure in front of a child 15 years or younger, those with two or more prior indecent exposure convictions, and those with a prior sexual assault conviction. A person may spend up to 2 years in prison and may be fined up to $150,000 for a class 6 felony. For those already with at least 2 felony indecent exposure convictions under their belt, the crime is a class 3 felony and comes with 6 to 15 years in prison and up to $150,000 in fines.