Dumb outrage of the day: Man arrested for being naked in own home

Yeah, yeah, we’re all kings of our castles, but try standing in front of a plate-glass window in your home and admiring the angle of your dangle why people walk by outside and see what happens. This is a fun story because it lets strong believers in property rights exercise their outrage muscle, but what the Foxies don’t tell you is that the facts are actually in dispute.

The woman who reported to police that a man in a Springfield home exposed himself to her and her son has a different story than what Eric Williamson has told to local media.

The woman told police it was 8:40 a.m. when she was walking her son to school along a path between houses. She said they first spotted Williamson naked in an open door in the car port of his home.

She also told police that Williamson then walked across the house to a large window, facing the way she was walking.


A Fairfax County Police spokesman said officers arrested Williamson for indecent exposure because they believe he wanted to be seen naked by the public.

On Wednesday, investigators told FOX 5 they have reason to believe there may have been another incident in which someone saw Williamson naked in front of his window. They’re asking anyone who may have seen Williamson in the nude through his windows to come forward, even if it was at a different time.

Here’s the question: If he knows he can be seen by passersby (i.e. if he was seen by someone before and was made aware of it) and continues to make no effort to either cover up or close the drapes, is that enough to infer that he wants to be seen?

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