Committee Votes On Indecent Exposure Law

Family Policy Facts - June 24, 2005

On Thursday, June 23, a State House committee advanced a bill designed to curb sexually deviant behavior in North Carolina. The House Judiciary 2 Committee gave its stamp of approval to Senate Bill 776—Amend Indecent Exposure Law. The bill, sponsored by Sen. John Snow (D-Cherokee), proposes three changes to existing law. First, the bill would expand the scope of North Carolina’s indecent exposure law so that it applies to the exposure of one’s private parts to individuals of either gender. (Current law only recognizes indecent exposure when an individual of one gender exposes his or her private parts to an individual of the other gender.) A provision is included to exempt exposure in “places designated for a public purpose where the same sex exposure is incidental to a necessary activity,” such as bathrooms and locker rooms. Second, the bill would make it a Class H felony for someone who is 18 years old or older to expose themselves to a child under the age of 16 “for the purposes of arousing or gratifying sexual desire.” Thirdly, S776 would add “felonious indecent exposure” to the offenses for which the perpetrator is required to be listed on the state’s sex offender registry. The bill now goes to the House floor for consideration.

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