Can You Guess What This Person Was Charged With?

robertscott16This is one that you might actually get, but it involves the curious response of Robert Scott, 78, to a 29-year-old woman who rejected his advances in Louisiana.

According to police, Scott asked out the woman outside of a hotel and said that she looked like a model.  The woman was participating in a seminar at the hotel and did not appear receptive to his advances.  Scott allegedly persisted with a “sugar daddy” offer that was also rebuffed.  Scott responded to the second rejection by dropping his pants and underwear and mooned the woman.

He was arrested and given a  $5000 bond.

He was charged with obscenity, which struck me as a bit odd since one would expect public indecency or flashing.  However, the law is quite broad.  Here is its most pertinent parts:

§106.  Obscenity

A.  The crime of obscenity is the intentional:

(1)  Exposure of the genitals, pubic hair, anus, vulva, or female breast nipples in any public place or place open to the public view, or in any prison or jail, with the intent of arousing sexual desire or which appeals to prurient interest or is patently offensive.

(2)(a)  Participation or engagement in, or management, operation, production, presentation, performance, promotion, exhibition, advertisement, sponsorship, electronic communication, or display of, hard core sexual conduct when the trier of fact determines that the average person applying contemporary community standards would find that the conduct, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest; and the hard core sexual conduct, as specifically defined herein, is presented in a patently offensive way; and the conduct taken as a whole lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.

 

39 thoughts on “Can You Guess What This Person Was Charged With?

  1. OH, let’s Irish Poem him!

    What A Dish???
    An Irish Poem by Squeeky Fromm

    There once was a geezer named Scott,
    Who thought he had met a cocotte!
    He asked her to spoon,
    And then showed her the moon!
    But alas, Mademoiselle was not!

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    (Oh, and a cocotte is also a kind of shallow dish, and not just a well, a shallow dish. Which is what the title means.)

  2. “with the intent of arousing sexual desire”

    So the prosecutor is going to argue a 78 year old man mooned a woman to arouse sexual desire …

    They really do have different ideas down in Louisiana.

  3. And so this site continues its online perp walk tradition, whereby it publicly shames and encourages ridicule of people who haven’t been convicted of anything and who probably haven’t yet had a chance to present a defense.

    Isn’t into fun to gawk and giggle and shake our heads at these (alleged) weirdos? (That’s sarcasm.)

    Despite great respect for the professor, I find all of these posts disturbing. Public mocking of the accused isn’t noble and it does not model or teach a laudable approach to criminal law (or any law). Tacking on quotes from an obscenity statute doesn’t make the post professorial or otherwise redeem it. This whole series of derisive posts appeals to base instincts and amounts to toilet humor about people who haven’t been given an opportunity to speak for themselves.

    Have you been accused of an odd or unseemly crime? We’ll spread the news and post your photo so the world can have a good laugh. Oh, you haven’t been convicted? No matter! We’re quite sure you’re a degenerate. (Sarcasm again.)

    All of this encourages contempt for basic principles that should guide and discipline our writing about the criminally accused.

    The professor is so thoughtful and incisive in his other types of posts; I’ll never understand these though.

    • Wow, that is one great comment.

      I feel these posts can serve an educational purpose, but there is no need at all to have names and pictures. If anything it seems reckless and dangerous, for the trials, for the accused and for the victims…
      JT should have a good think about this.

    • I had thoughts similar to yours about similar posts like this one. I decided not to air them because he’s only reblogging information a newspaper has already published and put in the public domain. For most of the posts, he often includes the relevant excerpts of the statute so people can see what the statute is and how it is being applied/misapplied or selectively applied.

      In this case I thought about Mardi Gras. I have never attended Mardi Gras. But it is my understanding a fair amount of public nudity is tolerated then. So why is this guy charged with obscenity for flashing a woman the moon and the boob flashers during Mardi Gras aren’t? Probably has something to do with thousands of tourists visiting New Orleans and spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in the local economy during Mardi Gras.

      • Not true. I watched a “Cops” episode that was filmed during Marci Gras. The cops were arresting boob flashers left and right. The sergeant interviewed said it is an urban myth that nudity and flashing is tolerated during Mardi Gras. He said that tourists who do so, do so at their own peril. They can’t arrest all of them, but they haul in a significant number. A night in a New Orleans jail, a hefty fine and an arrest record await those who are foolish or drunk enough to take the risk.

  4. I watched a program on the downside of Viagra when it comes to the elderly. Some of these old duffers are visiting hookers and getting STDs, HIV, and the like. Others are getting arrested for harrassment and criminal assault. A bad combination of senility and sexual desire.

  5. His belt was not properly fastened. He has bad finger control. He bent down to tie a shoe and his pants went down a bit. Could she see his balls? I doubt it. Could she see his A-hole? I doubt it.
    Is he 78 or so years old and now getting disparaged on-line by Turley Trump Dog? Yes.

    • Well, at 78, he’s certainly old enough to know better! What would you suggest, that Prof. Turley send him a crying towel and a therapy kitten?

    • Thank you!!! I am glad you liked them. Let me try for three, because this is just such a cool article.

      But Me No Butts???
      An Irish Poem by Squeeky Fromm

      There once was a Mademoiselle,
      Accosted outside her hotel!
      The masher was old,
      And not very bold,
      ‘Cause when she said, “No!” he “turned tail”. . .

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

  6. It’s sensitive day on the blog…. ‘oh why, oh why Jonathan do you try to disparage and embarrass these scions of society?’ Bad dog! (sarcasm)

    • That’s right! So unfair to publicly embarrass a 78 year old man who harasses a young woman and bares his ass in public! This public shaming has hurt his self-esteem and now he’ll never amount to anything. He’s destined to end up living in his parents’ basement drowning in shame and stuffing himself on Little Debbie’s. And because if all you evil Trumpers, Obamacare won’t even be available for his therapy! Oh woe, woe, such a cruel world!

  7. Senile old men do things like this. My use of “senile” is not pejorative, it’s an accurate description of the mental fog that comes to some in old age. The man is not in his right mind through no fault of his own and should not be subjected to ridicule.

      • No, she’s not senile, but I’m sure her lawyers will argue that if she is ever charged on the email issue. Kind of like that Mafia kingpin who avoided indictment by wandering the streets of Brooklyn in a bathrobe, mumbling to himself. Prosecutors knew he was faking senility, but he was never charged because they figured one or more jurors would be duped when he came shuffling into the courtroom in slippers.

      • Lol!

        Part of his defense will be that he was, at the time of the incident, suffering a mental breakdown due to the fact that Cankles lost the election.

    • It’s also demeaning and disparaging to older people to assume senility. My father is 86 and sharp as a tack. He is very active and goes hunting and fishing regularly. On the other hand, my grandmother started developing early on-set Altzheimer’s in her 50s. So it’s a very individual process. Senility is a result of genetics and lifestyle and possibly other factors that we don’t even understand yet. But attributing bad behavior to age, without any evidence of mental impairment, only serves to further harmful stereotypes about older people, and especially older workers who already face doubts about their value and competency in the workforce.

  8. Hey, stop ridiculing the old goat! Have you no mercy? No compassion? No heart? Are you even human? If this election has managed to teach us anything, it instilled, in all of us, the prevailing belief that mental patients, suffering from any variety of frightening, delusional, psychotic and deranged behavior–such as long crying jags and an odd assortment of disturbed and bizarre hysterics–need to be offered a safe space. A place where irrational thought, behavior and widespread criminal activity is tolerated. Accepted. Understood. Coddled. Condoned. Acknowledged. Why should this old fart be treated any differently? He didn’t get his way. The young girl rejected him. Hillary didn’t get her way. The election results reveal that she, too, is a reject. The electoral votes don’t add up. Too bad. So sad. Like the disturbed mental patients, known as Hillary supporters, this man needs a safe place, where he can moon others with impunity. His safe space, it should be argued, extended to the front of this hotel. No mooning, no peace!

  9. You know the slogan, don’t ya? The one that the anarchists shout, from the top of their lungs, as they fill the streets, looting, burning and committing violence because a democratic and legitimate election’s results went contrary to their wishes?

    THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!

    Well, don’t be surprised to learn that this old coot, despondent over this young women’s rejection, yelled, THIS IS WHAT MY BARE A$$ LOOKS LIKE!

    • Anarchists are people who believe that governments are not necessarily a good thing, and probably are very bad for most free individuals subjected to increasing government control. People who “fill the streets looting, burning, and committing violence” — for whatever reason — are just opportunistic criminals. A few of this type of people may be Anarchists, but most simply have a mind-set that concludes such criminal activities are justified when circumstances don’t suit them. This is typical of juvenile, if not infantile, thinking and behavior. Anarchism is a philosophy, a belief in the abolition of all government and the organization of society on a voluntary, cooperative basis without recourse to force or compulsion. An Anarchist has matured enough to consciously choose this belief over less intellectual perspectives. People in the media and those running governments want to define rioters, looters, and anyone violently protesting the results of an election as Anarchists because such criminals are acting in irrational opposition to the governments. Results of an election, when it hasn’t been rigged (think Democratic convention in 2016), should be accepted peacefully by anyone who understands this aspect of living in a democratic republic.

  10. I don’t see the elements of the case. If he mooned her, he would have to spread his cheeks to comply with the statute. A cheap public defender can get this guy off.

  11. Which might not occur even as often as a Supermoon, the next of which will occur in 2018, and the largest of which will not happen until 2052. Even half moons in a court would likely be limited or obscured in one way or another.

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