Aressted for being naked in his own home .

Charlie - posted on 11/06/2009 ( 28 moms have responded )




You’re standing in your kitchen making coffee. You are naked, but no one else is home. It’s early in the morning and you are in the privacy of your own home. All right, so maybe you’re a little bit odd, and maybe not everyone makes coffee naked. But your house, your rules, right?

That’s probably what Virginia resident Eric Williamson was thinking last Monday morning as he made himself coffee while dressed in nothing but his birthday suit. Unfortunately for Williamson, he wasn’t quite as alone as he thought. Walking through his yard were a woman and her seven-year-old son, on their way to the son’s school. The woman — a wife of a police officer – saw Williamson’s naked torso through his window and called the cops. Williamson was arrested and charged with indecent exposure .

There are some disputed accounts of this story. It is unclear precisely what time of the morning it happened and whether or not the man moved to another window as the mother and child walked across the lawn in order to remain in their range of vision.What’s not in dispute here is that the man was in his own home and the mother and kid were on his property, walking across his grass.

Perhaps the fact that the mother is a police officer’s wife had nothing to do with the overblown reaction, including the arrest of the man and an investigation to determine if this has ever happened with Williamson before, but I think we can guess it was a factor. Something seems to have made the police department all too eager to arrest a guy for being nude in his own kitchen.

Williamson seems like the victim of cops gone wild. How many people do things in their own home that they wouldn’t do in public? The sanctity of our house is the last bastion many of us have.

Whether it’s something simple like smoking during dinner (outlawed in most public places) or something less innocent involving nudity and preferably our partner or spouse, we feel safe and protected in our house — or at least we should, presuming the activity isn’t criminal.

But nosy people and prudish neighbors think that if they wouldn’t do it, you shouldn’t be doing it either. Maybe most of us close the drapes if we’re walking around in just our skin, but we don’t have to — no such law exists. I’m sure it did not cross Williamson’s mind, as he walked into the kitchen and reached for the coffee pot, that a woman would be walking her kid across his lawn and looking in his window.

What if the tables were turned? What if Williamson were a woman and a man walked by the house instead of a woman? What if that man happened to look into the window, staring long enough to see that the woman inside was naked? Would he call the cops to say he was flashed? Probably not, because he would end up in handcuffs for being a peeping Tom. A woman looks in on a naked man and thinks he is committing a crime. A man looks in on a naked woman and she thinks he is committing a crime. Weird how that works.

So now Eric Williamson is branded a criminal, a pervert, a flasher. Even if he did walk to another window as the mother was walking, the mother was trespassing. She had no right to expect that she would be shielded from anything going on in the house, nor did she have any right to be close enough to the window to look in on a man making coffee.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Will the charges be dropped? Or will the police department turn this into a witch hunt and continue to pursue every angle so as to save face for making such a big deal over it in the first place?

Whatever happens, there is certainly a lesson to be learned from this incident. Don’t assume that being in the privacy of your own home means you are really alone. Got a window in your shower? Board it up before some kid chasing a ball through your yard decides to look into your bathroom. Plan on getting drunk during the Super Bowl? Close those curtains or a neighbor taking a stroll through your yard might look in and have you charged with public drunkenness.

Before you engage in any dirty dancing or drunken revelry, remember Eric Williamson. It could happen to you.

Unless you’re female, of course. In that case, the burden is on the person looking in.

Is this going to far , are our rights slowly being taken over even in our own homes ?

what are your opinions ?


MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 02/13/2012




How ridiculous! My house my rules and my place to do as I please! That woman should have never been trespassing in the first place. I would be counter-acting with a trespassing suit. I say go for it, it's your home, you pay the bill!

If I wanna be nude in my home then I will be, I have done it before and BTW would do it again... What a waste of police duty-ship.

If it were me, I just may be in my right mind to show up to court naked! There, now I "really" am naked, take that assholes! Gracious, I don't get it.

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aww crap... now my hubby and I have to stop walking around our house naked (as we do alot after the kids are in bed and when we have the house to ourselves in the middle of the day)? damn... Oh well, we'll live life in the dangerous lane anyway! :P

Anyway... like all of you, I think that man should press charges against the woman for invasion of his privacy and tresspassing... plus just general stupidity... I also agree that her call was probably only answered because of her hubby's job. Can you imagine the call?

"9-1-1 can I help you?" (because we ALL know she would have called the EMERGENCY number)

"Yes, this is Officer __________'s wife, ____________"

"Oh yes ____________, the dinner party last week was wonderful. How is the family?"

"We're good, except my son and I were tresspassing on a neighbor's lawn to get to school and he was NAKED (I think she would have yelled this word - or at least said it in a shrill voice) with the window open! We could see his chest!!!"

"Oh goodness Mrs. ___________!!! I'll send a car right away. We'll take care of that peverted man right away!"

"Thank you oh so much. Oh, and we're having another dinner party next week. Would you like to come?"

"I'll be there!"

Okay, so that didn't turn out as funny as I imagined... but you guys get what was going on in my head! :P

JL - posted on 11/06/2009




Her reaction and the police investigation were completely overboard. She was walking in his yard. Maybe he should consider looking up the trespassing laws in VA. I mean she did cross his private property without consent. Lesson for all...Put up No trespassing signs in your yard that way if someone calls the cops on you for doing something private in your own home then you can turn it around and charge them with illegal trespassing since you have signs specifically stating do not trespass and no consent was given.

It is hypocritical how if it was a man looking at a women naked he would be called a peeping tom. Then again I don't walk in peoples yards and tell my kids not to because my parents taught me that it was rude to trample on other peoples property..that is what sidewalks are for. I have told neighborhood kids before to stay out of my yard, because I have flowers I don't want them destroying and I have two dogs that if taunted will react. It could have been worse she and her kid could have been attacked by a dog or been shot at by a paraniod wacko for being on private property. I keep most of my blinds closed most of the time, but not all the time and I do walk around naked in my house sometimes so don't look in my windows.

Honestly, I believe this violates due process of law and the right to privacy according to to the liberty clause of the Constitution as asserted by SCOTUS. In Lawrence v Texas (2003) the case involved the arrest in Texas of two gay men who were seen through their window of their home having consensual and private sex by a police officer who arrested them for violating a state law prohibiting homosexual sodomy. The case went to SCOTUS and the court found that the arrest and the law violated privacy rights and due process of law. The court argued that they were granted a reasonable amount of privacy since they were in their private homes and being viewed by someone on their property. The court went on to state that,

"These matters, involving the most intimate and personal choices a person may make in a lifetime, choices central to personal dignity and autonomy, are central to the liberty protected by the Fourteenth Amendment. At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life....The petitioners are entitled to respect for their private lives. The State cannot demean their existence or control their destiny by making their private sexual conduct a crime. Their right to liberty under the Due Process Clause gives them the full right to engage in their conduct without intervention of the government. 'It is a promise of the Constitution that there is a realm of personal liberty which the government may not enter.'”

I think the naked in your home incident could be extended to a point to fit under the precidence set by Texas v Lawrence.

Sharon - posted on 11/06/2009




the woman should be charged with voyeurism and excessive stupidity. Unless he stood in his front window wagging his willy at her, I don't see how he is at fault. & even then I'm not sure.

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Have no problem with that, however if my kids can see you.I have a problem.Don't even think about putting the rubbish out naked.Which a man did who lives near my sister-in-laws.So not okay.Doing it boldly is not okay.If you understand me.Going through ones house is another story and he should not of been charged &...

If you can't be seen, knock your self

Tracey - posted on 02/13/2012




If this lady is upset by a male torso how does she manage to visit a public swiming pool or go to the beach?

Becky - posted on 02/13/2012




Ridiculous! I used to walk around my house naked all the time before kids! Even for a while after until my daughter was a little older. My house, my rules, and I should be able to do as I wish . . . why should being naked in your own home be against the law?

Well I guess I'm lucky the fire department didn't call the cops on me then several years ago!!

One night after taking a shower I heard a noise outside (mind you I lived in a second floor apartment for a year and noticed that no one ever bothered to look up). I went to our sliding glass door naked to see what was happening . . .here it was the local fire department driving around with their holiday float & Santa wishing everyone Merry Christmas . . . Santa is one of the fire men . . . he looked up, smiled, waved at me & wished me a Merry Christmas . . . I think I made his night! I swear he was choking down laughter as he wished me Merry Christmas!

Now I can't blame him for looking. I was standing in front of a large window looking out! I would have been mortified if he'd called the police for indecent exposure! Although I do see the double standard. I doubt he would have been so happy if it had been my husband standing there naked instead of me.

Still, if the guy is not standing naked in a place a normal passer by could see him . . . how is this his fault? I could understand if he decided to get the mail or the paper before clothing himself. Or if he was sitting on his front porch drinking the coffee in his birthday suit, but come on now! It wasn't as if he was trying to get people to look at him all dressed down!

I BF with the blinds open too! I also BF in public if I need too. Granted in public I try and cover with a blanket, but when she's being all wiggly, it slips sometimes . . . is that indecent exposure too? How about if a bully pulls down the pants of a kid in school or another public place?

Take a peek at the "People of Walmart" photo's . . . lots of indecent things there! Yet not a one of those people is getting a ticket for having their things hanging out in a public place!

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 02/12/2012




First what I have to say is don't go by my apartment, I breastfeed with the blinds open! If you see my boobs it's your fault for looking!

Second, I agree with Emma, that's rather ballsy (pardon the pun) to call the cops when you're trespassing on someone's lawn. The woman wouldn't've seen much if she'd been on the dang sidewalk. Sheesh. Reminds me of when I lived in TX and a neighbour asked me not to go on the computer in my PJ bottoms because she thought she saw my underpants!

Hope - posted on 02/12/2012




wow I run the risk of being arrested nearly everyday :) Iam a;ways running through the house naked to get undies or a bra from the clean washing.

My 3.5 year old has been naked all day today because it is so hot, he wont even put on undies. Does that mean I will get arrest because of my child's indecent exposure.

Jennifer - posted on 02/12/2012




Ironiclly, I read this right after coming back from my kitchen with a cupcake. Yep, I was naked! So, yeah, I think this is a load of crap. With out the kids around, I'd do almost everything naked, 'cept fry bacon of course.

I wish I could say I'm certain the charges would be dropped, but I doubt it. And of course, if convicted he will be required to register as a sex offender.

Stifler's - posted on 02/12/2012




Why are they walking through his yard. You have some nerve to call the cops when you're the one trespassing. It's not illegal to be naked in your own fucking house.

Jodi - posted on 02/12/2012




Wow, Cindy, I walk buck naked in my house too sometimes. The shades are usually drawn, and I'm one of those people that believes that if you *want* to look into my house, so be it, see what you're going to see. I would charge that lady with tresspassing so fast it would make her head spin.

Now, if he saw them coming, got in front of a picture window facing them and danced around waving his penis at them...arrest the perv...but just being naked in your house? Bullsh**!

Cindy - posted on 02/12/2012




I walk around in my house bare naked all the time, even in front of my children. After reading this, I've become a little bit worried. Boy, what if somebody tresspassed on my property and took a look through my window. Would I be arrested? What is this darn world coming to?

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This is stupid. I'm betting that the only reason they didn't just ignore her complaint is that her husband is a policeman.

I originally thought that the cops in the Lawrence vs. Texas case should've been arrested for invasion of privacy and false arrest-and I feel the same about the ones in this case-but like you guys have already mentioned, I also think the lady in question should be charged with invasion of privacy and trespassing.

Ya know, the kid might not have even noticed it if his mother hadn't made such a big deal.

Sharon - posted on 11/07/2009




Pretty soon, you'll be arrested when your toddler streaks after escaping his bath.

Sharon - posted on 11/07/2009




LOL when I read this originally - she was walking with her son - so can we take on child endangerment or um something something of a minor? BAWAHAHAHAHA

Lindsay - posted on 11/07/2009




I'm going to think that it's safe to assume that the only reason this even became anything is because she was the wife of a cop! It has to be one of the most idiotic things I've ever heard!

Isobel - posted on 11/07/2009




I wonder if he was doing it on purpose to get people to stop cutting through his lawn...I prefer one-eyed trouser snake myself ;P

Amie - posted on 11/07/2009




I can't believe the cops even arrested him after coming to his home. /:) What's she doing walking through his yard anyway? Most likely back yard at that, I've never seen a house with the kitchen facing the front yard. I can honestly say I'm not surprised, stupid people are taking over the world it seems. LOL!

Iris - posted on 11/07/2009




The stupidity, oh my....
She should be charged for peeping and trespassing - perv!

?? - posted on 11/06/2009




Okay I am so sorry but I nearly pee'd my pants laughing at this;

Quoting Wanda:
This guy would come in dressed to the nines with his zipper open and willy-one-eye hanging out.

Seriously, I've heard that saying a few times, and every single time I bout have to run my lil butt to the bathroom or risk pee'in myself in a fit of laughter!!

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Are you kidding me??? He's in trouble because she trespassed and peeked in his window??? Must have been a slow day at the cop shop. Sounds like an abuse of power to me, this woman needs to be slapped.

I used to live in a high rise and would walk around my apartment naked all the time. I didn't have to worry about anyone walking across my lawn but there was an office building next door...hmmm...I wonder if anyone was peeking...

Where were these guys when we had a flasher at the store I used to work at. This guy would come in dressed to the nines with his zipper open and willy-one-eye hanging out. (He only flashed staff..never customers..) Building security and cops were aware of the situation but I don't think anything was ever done.

Kate CP - posted on 11/06/2009




Quoting Sharon:

the woman should be charged with voyeurism and excessive stupidity. Unless he stood in his front window wagging his willy at her, I don't see how he is at fault. & even then I'm not sure.

I think excessive stupidity should be punishable by death. Or hobbling. Which ever. 

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I'd love to know what kind of follow up was done on this insane and stupid case. I'd like to see the wife of the cop brought up on false arrest charges!

Sara - posted on 11/06/2009




I'm naked right the cops!

Of course, I kid. This is the stupidest thing I've ever heard...your house=your property=your right to do what ever you want (as long as it's you're not raping and killing women to stuff under your floorboards). What a waste of resources, that woman should be smacked upside the head!

Dana - posted on 11/06/2009




Absurd. I would press charges for trespassing and her being a peeping tom. Not to mention the fact that she drug her child through this whole ordeal. Ignorant...

Jodi - posted on 11/06/2009




Well, there goes having sex in some of the more interesting places around the house....... just when I thought I have some rights in my own home......

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