In Texas, indecent exposure occurs whenever an individual exposes his anus or genitals with the intent to arouse another person’s sexual desires. It can also happen whenever a person exposes these parts with reckless disregard as to whether or not others are around who may be offended by the act. The act is considered to be a Class B misdemeanor according to the Texas Penal Code, and carries punishments that can include:
- Up to 180 days in jail
- Fine of up to $2,000
- Community Service
The punishment for this crime tends to go up whenever there have been multiple offenses. It can also be heftier if the defendant is currently on probation for another offense when charged with indecent exposure, especially if the prior offense was also a sexually related crime. Juveniles are also treated more lenient than adults are, as people who are of age are expected to “know better” when it comes to performing certain acts in public.