Police are still on the search for a man who allegedly exposed himself to an employee at a retail store inside of Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody.
The employee reported that the man wanted to try on a pair of pants. He then exposed himself in the fitting rooms. The employee alerted the manager, and then the suspect left the store before he could be stopped.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will outline the offense that the suspect has been accused of committing - public indecency in the state of Georgia.
Public Indecency in Georgia
Public indecency in Georgia is defined by Georgia Law in O.C.G.A. § 16-6-8 as:
A person commits the offense of public indecency when he or she performs any of the following acts in a public place:
(1) An act of sexual intercourse;
(2) A lewd exposure of the sexual organs;
(3) A lewd appearance in a state of partial or complete nudity; or
(4) A lewd caress or indecent fondling of the body of another person.
A person convicted of the offense of public indecency shall be punished as for a misdemeanor. The penalty can include up to 12 months in jail and up to $1000 in fines. Upon a third or subsequent conviction for public indecency, a person shall be guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than five years.
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