Man Exposes Himself To The Association Of The Blind

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.

Source: PhillyBurbs

22 thoughts on “Man Exposes Himself To The Association Of The Blind”

  1. So what if the blind people can’t see. Their other senses are enhanced. Unzip. And good thing we can’t see.

  2. Ben 1, May 1, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Dredd: “If a tree falls in the forest with no-one around to hear it, can it be a noise nuisance? Even if a deaf person cut it down?”

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    If a man speaks in a forest, and there’s no woman to hear him, is he still wrong?
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    Always.

    That gave rise to the “what we have here is a failure to communicate” movement in 1917.

  3. Bill H 1, May 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Actually, I think you err when you say it is not a crime., It says “in a public place or in a place…” The key word is “or” meaning that doing so in a public place is sufficient to charge.
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    Good point.

    Most things happen in a place.

    Even crimes.

    But the big ones are not seen.

  4. Dredd: “If a tree falls in the forest with no-one around to hear it, can it be a noise nuisance? Even if a deaf person cut it down?”

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    If a man speaks in a forest, and there’s no woman to hear him, is he still wrong?

  5. doggone it Gene! I had a perectly good punch line but after reading yours whats the point – you won the thread!

  6. bettykath 1, May 1, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Not everyone who is legally blind is totally blind.
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    That is why members of the GOP who are blind do not have nudist camps.

    It is a no-no to be all touchy feely.

  7. Apparently in the land of the blind, the one-eyed serpent is definitely not king.

  8. Actually, I think you err when you say it is not a crime., It says “in a public place or in a place…” The key word is “or” meaning that doing so in a public place is sufficient to charge.

  9. Raising another inevitable question: If a nudist falls over a cliff in the forest, is it in-descent exposure?

  10. “Those blind people probably didn’t drive themselves to the event.”
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    Not yet, anyway —

  11. If a tree falls in the forest with no-one around to hear it, can it be a noise nuisance?

    Even if a deaf person cut it down?

  12. Those blind people probably didn’t drive themselves to the event.

  13. Not everyone who is legally blind is totally blind. They can see large moving objects but have trouble with small stationary ones. And it’s entirely possible that fully sighted people where there for one reason or another. The last I checked, it was ok for the blind and the sighted to associate with each other.

    I know the jokes come more easily if it’s assumed that everyone was blind but I haven’t had my coffee yet.

  14. Now that statue is funny….. This person must have researched this law
    ……. Lol

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