Indecent Exposure

In the State of Florida, indecent exposure is a crime. Indecent exposure is defined in Florida Statute 800.03. According to the relevant statute, it is illegal to exhibit or to expose sexual organs either on someone else’s private premises or in public if such exposure is done in a vulgar or indecent manner. It is also unlawful to expose sexual organs in a vulgar or sexual way when close enough to a public or private place for others to see.

The statute also makes it unlawful to be naked in a public place, unless that place has been designated or set aside for purposes of permitting nudity. The statute makes clear it does not ever apply to a pregnant mother who is breastfeeding a child.

Indecent exposure is a first degree misdemeanor offense under Florida law. Violation of the law prohibiting indecent exposure can result in a maximum penalty of one year imprisonment.

Indecent exposure normally occurs in an attempt to provide sexual gratification to the offender or in an attempt to elicit a sexual response. Many perpetrators of indecent exposure offenses are classified as having an exhibitionist disorder, which is part of a larger class of paraphilic disorders, according to the American Psychiatric Association (APA) classification. However, not all exhibitionists are considered to be disordered. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM 5) classifies a person as having an exhibitionist disorder only if he either experiences harm from his behavior or causes harm to others by his behavior. Most, but not all, exhibitionists are men.