Florida is hot and humid and sometimes the heat will cause some erratic behavior, but with temperatures in the eighties and lower, this impromptu puppet show cannot be blamed on the weather.
As reported in Death and Taxes, 48-year-old Hal Hamrick allegedly flashed his penis to shoppers repeatedly in the parking lots of Target and Babies “R” Us on February 17. Hamrick walked around a Port St. Lucie shopping center located at 10700 block of Southwest Village Parkway and exposed himself “multiple times,” according to an arrest affidavit.
When confronted by the police, the man that he “wants to find a lady.” He also explained to officers that “they like it when he does that.”
As reported in the TC Palm, a witness told police he saw a man later identified as Hamrick in a Miami Heat shirt and athletic shorts exposing himself. The man twice put his genitals out for view in front of Target, and once in front of Babies “R” Us.
“Each time he attempted to use a trash receptacle as cover for the act,” an affidavit states.
It is unclear if any women or children saw the act.
Hamrick faces an indecent exposure charge. He is presently not in custody.
Indecent exposure in Florida carries serious consequences. According to FloridaSexCrimeAttorney.com indecent exposure is considered a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to 12 months in county jail or a fine up to $1,000, possibly both. People who are convicted of indecent exposure will be required to register as a sex offender. Sex offender registry limits employment opportunities, education opportunities and restricts areas of residence. It is also made available to the public.
The elements of the crime must include:
- Sexual organs were exposed by accused
- Accused was in a public place, on the private premises of another or near the private property of another as to be seen from those private locations
- Accused intended exposure in a crude, offensive, lewd or lascivious method
- The exposure was enacted in a vulgar, indecent, lewd or lascivious manner
Whereas Mr. Hamrick was performing his puppet show in an attempt to find a date or to impress a lady with his bold act of manhood, his actions may be construed as vulgar as described by the existing case law. He may want to limit his exposure to the internet in the future.
So is it true? Is this what women want? Watch this video from the Huffington Post and decide for yourself.
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