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Registered sex offender faces subsequent charge for indecent exposure

A registered sex offender faces a charge for indecent exposure in a tanning salon.
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    February 05, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- A former sex offender from San Mateo was recently arrested after being suspected of exposing and touching himself at a California tanning salon. The suspect, 30, faces charges of indecent exposure, burglary and "failing to comply with sex registration requirements."

The man was a registered sex offender as a result of a former offense. In December 2013, the suspect went to a tanning establishment after calling the store and inquiring about hours and prices. When the suspect arrived, he bought a session and entered a tanning booth. According to authorities, the suspect then asked a female employee to join him in his tanning room. When the woman came close, the man allegedly opened his tanning booth and began to touch his private parts.

Sources say that the employee asked the man to leave. However, local police claim that the man appeared at other salons over the next several weeks. Employees at the subsequent salons claim that the man acted strangely. Ultimately, an employee of one of the tanning stores wrote down the license plate number of the suspect. Officers ultimately linked the man to the alleged salon exposures. Authorities located the suspect at his home, and he was taken into custody. His bail was set at $100,000.

Indecent exposure in California

Indecent exposure is a criminal offense, which involves "flashing." Flashing is when a person shows private body parts to another. The action is considered to be criminal activity in the eyes of the court and from the perspective of the person that is flashed. However, many times these actions are perpetuated by serious psychological issues, which are deeply rooted in offender's mind. In other words, there may be an underlying psychological reason for the flashing behavior.

A conviction for indecent exposure could result in sex offender registration. The stigma of the registration can make it difficult for offenders to find adequate housing, retain a job, apply for a financial loan or apply for an educational program. As a result, those facing charges for this serious offense should consider legal assistance. A criminal law professional can work with a defendant to reduce or eliminate the charge.

If you have been charged with a sex crime, speak with a qualified attorney. The accusation, alone, could linger into your future -- even if charges are dismissed. Therefore, it helps to work with a professional to minimize any potential damage that this egregious accusation may bring about.

Article provided by The Law Office of Charles B. Smith
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