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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Sunday, May 1, 2005

MO Public Exposure Statute Invalidated

A former Catholic priest convicted of exposing himself to male teens successfully challenged the statute; 4-3 the Missouri Supreme Court held that the statute was vague. The problematic language makes criminally liable a person who: "(1) Knowingly exposes the person's genitals to a child less than fourteen years of age in a manner that would cause a reasonable adult to believe that the conduct is likely to cause affront or alarm to a child less than fourteen years of age." Story here; opinion here. [Jack Chin]

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