Utah Woman Charged With Lewdness After Being Topless In Her Own Home

https://www.npr.org/2019/11/21/781703956/utah-woman-charged-with-lewdness-after-being-topless-in-her-own-home

A Utah woman has been charged with lewdness in her own home – after her stepchildren walked into the room and saw her bare chest.

Attorneys for the ACLU of Utah argued this week that the statute under which Tilli Buchanan, 27, was charged is unconstitutional, and have asked a judge to drop the charges against her and change the state law.

Buchanan and her husband had been installing drywall in the garage, and had taken off their shirts that were itchy from the fibers, she told The Salt Lake Tribune.

When her stepchildren, aged 9, 10 and 13, walked in, she “explained she considers herself a feminist and wanted to make a point that everybody should be fine with walking around their house or elsewhere with skin showing,” her lawyers wrote in court documents, The Associated Press reports.

Now the state has charged Buchanan with three charges of lewdness involving a child. The charge is a Class A misdemeanor.

Though her husband was similarly clad, he was not charged with a crime.

The state’s lewdness statute criminalizes exposure of “the female breast below the top of the areola” in the presence of a child in a private place “under circumstances the person should know will likely cause affront or alarm.”

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