Prosecutors in the case of Jose Caballero and Elissa Alvarez have said that they are seeking time behind bars for both. The couple were recently convicted of ‘lewd and lascivious behavior’ for having sex on a beach in Bradenton, Florida. 40 year-old Caballero, who has a prior felony conviction, risks spending up to 15 years in prison for having sex on the public beach.
YouGov’s latest research shows that, according to most Americans, having sex in public is not something that should be punished with time in prison.
Only 8% of Americans think that you should go to jail for public sex, while 17% think a punishment like probation is appropriate. 43% think couples who can’t wait to get behind closed doors should only face a ticket and 14% think there shouldn’t be any punishment. While 12% think that a man who exposes his genitals in public should face prison, people feel very differently when it comes to women’s breasts. 46% of Americans think a woman shouldn’t face any punishment for baring her chest, while 34% think it should only result in a ticket.