This case has almost zen-like qualities. If a man exposes himself at an Association of the Blind, is it still a crime? Police in Newtown Township, Pennsylvania say yes and someone had to see him because they are searching for the man as we speak.
The man exposed himself at the bookshop of the Bucks County Association for the Blind.
While it is clear that this man was seen, the story prompted me to look at the elements of the crime. I had assumed that the crime of exposure only requires that you commit the act, regardless of whether people notice. That is wrong. Here is the provision:
§ 3127. Indecent exposure.
(a) Offense defined.–A person commits indecent exposure if
that person exposes his or her genitals in any public place or
in any place where there are present other persons under
circumstances in which he or she knows or should know that this
conduct is likely to offend, affront or alarm.