Friday, December 19, 2008

I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watching Me

State v. Jorgensen, no. 07-0296 (Iowa Dec. 19, 2008)

A loss prevention officer at Shopko in Mason City observed Jorgensen on closed circuit TV wandering through the store fondling himself and ultimately exposing himself to an unknown woman in a display of self gratification. Jorgensen was convicted of indecent exposure and appealed. 
Jorgensen argued that he had not committed indecent exposure because there was no evidence that he had purposefully exposed himself to the horrified store employees.
In deciding the issue, the Iowa Supreme Court noted that nothing in the statute limited the crime of indecent exposure to acts targeted at a particular person, nor that the offender be aware or have knowledge of the specific person he happens to offend.


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