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Manassas man faces criminal charges for indecent exposure

When residents of Manassas are accused of sex offenses, these are often perceived in the worst possible context, such as rape, molestation and various heinous allegations. However, people can be arrested on other charges that are categorized as sexual, including with indecent exposure. Simply because there are accusations does not make them true. For lower-level sex-based crimes, the penalties might not be as severe as they are for other sex offenses, but there are still consequences and people should be aware of the importance of crafting a strong defense to attempt to avoid the harshest penalties.

According to recent reports, a 78-year-old man was placed under arrest and charged with indecent exposure. The incident allegedly occurred in the mid-afternoon. Law enforcement was called at approximately 1:30 p.m. after the man allegedly stood in his window and exposed himself. The woman who complained, age 25, is an acquaintance of the man. She said that he stood and exposed himself while gesturing in an obscene way as he looked at her. After leaving the location, the woman contacted law enforcement. He was arrested and charged. Later he was released with a court summons.

Regardless of a person's age, indecent exposure will inevitably result in an arrest and criminal charges. Any sex-based allegation can spark long-term problems. Not only can it lead to jail time and fines, but it will also result in a negative image in the community. If there were children in the area or a school nearby, the person could face even worse consequences. It might even be necessary to register as a sex offender. A criminal defense is crucial because it might be possible to reduce the charges via a plea bargain. The evidence could be insufficient to warrant a conviction. Or, the entire situation might have stemmed from a mistake or a misunderstanding. For people who are dealing with these kinds of criminal charges, it is wise to understand how serious any sex offenses can be.

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