A Spartanburg, South Carolina, man faces an indecent exposure charge after he allegedly stood naked at a window inside his apartment, The State newspaper reported.
The man was caught naked when an off-duty Spartanburg police officer was walking on the sidewalk in the Corners Apartments complex around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to the report. The officer saw the man standing inside his apartment before a sliding glass window that faces a public walkway, Spartanburg police reported.
“The officer wrote that he stopped walking and looked at the naked man, who looked back at the officer while holding the blinds open, exposing his genitals,” the report stated.
The officer reportedly looked for “several minutes” as the man continued to stand in the window with the blinds opened. He then took some photos of the man as proof.
The officer proceeded to knock on his door and a man identified as David Lee Tinsley answered. When he opened the door he was wearing a pair of basketball shorts, according to the report.
The suspect declined to step outside to talk with the officer but invited him inside to talk.
“I began to ask him what he was doing and why he was standing there holding the blinds open while exposing himself. Mr. Tinsley stated that he was not standing in the blind holding the window open," the officer wrote in a report. "I then informed Mr. Tinsley that he was indeed standing there holding the blind open exposing himself because I observed him stand there for several minutes and I was able to capture photographs (of) him standing there.”
The officer asked Tinsley if he lives alone, and he replied that he did not want to talk anymore.
After another officer arrived, Tinsley was charged with indecent exposure.
What are the penalties?
Under South Carolina law, it is unlawful for a person to “willfully, maliciously, and indecently expose his person in a public place, on property of others, or to the view of any person on a street or highway.”
The maximum penalty for the misdemeanor charge is up to three years in prison, a fine or both.