MD Judge: Mooning Is Not Indecent Exposure


Acquitting a Maryland man who exposed his buttocks during an argument with a neighbor, a judge ruled that mooning, while distasteful, is not illegal, reorts the Washington Post. “If exposure of half of the buttock constituted indecent exposure, any woman wearing a thong at the beach” would be guilty,” Judge John W. Debelius III said. Debelius made clear his disdain for the defendant, calling the alleged act “disgusting” and “demeaning.”

Last June, Nanette Vonfeldt pressed charges against neighbor Raymond McNealy he allegedly yelled and, according to Vonfeldt, threatened to “blow up my building” as she and her 8-year-old daughter walked out of their apartment in the Germantown, Md.. Then, for whatever reason, in full view of my daughter, he mooned us,” Vonfeldt said. The two had a long-standing feud over issues before their homeowners association. A lower court judge found McNealty guilty of indecent exposure but his attorneys argued that indecent exposure in Maryland constitutes the willful public display of a person’s “private parts” — which do not include a person’s buttocks. Prosecutor Dan Barnett said, “In our minds, this was not a bathing suit scenario. This was a grown man exposing himself to an 8-year-old girl.”


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