A woman in Utah was in for a big surprise when she was charged with acts of lewdness while in her own home!
While in the comfort of her own home, 27-year-old Tilli Buchanan walked around with her chest out after installing drywall with her Husband.
While she and her husband both had their shirts off, Buchanan was ultimately charged with three charges of lewdness involving a child after her stepchildren aged 9, 10 and 13, walked in on her.
Her attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah are trying to fight the case calling it unconstitutional while Buchanan tries to explain her side.
She “explained she considers herself a feminist and wanted to make a point that everybody should be fine with walking around their house or elsewhere with skin showing,” her lawyers wrote in court documents, The Associated Press reports.
“It was in the privacy of my own home. My husband was right next to me in the same exact manner that I was, and he’s not being prosecuted,” she told reporters after the court hearing.
The lawsuit was brought on by the children’s mother calling it alarming when she heard what happened.
The state’s lewdness statute criminalizes exposure of “the female breast below the top of the areola” in the presence of a child in a private place “under circumstances the person should know will likely cause affront or alarm.”
If Buchanan is found guilty, she could face fines and the requirement to register as a sex offender for 10 years.
“Simply because Miss Buchanan is a woman, she is facing this charge,” Leah Farrell, an attorney at the ACLU of Utah said.
“Therefore, women throughout Utah are at higher risk of facing a criminal charge simply because of their gender. There are different ideas around what morality is or is not. But the state’s reach to criminalize morality based on gender and gender stereotyping is incredibly problematic.”
The judge said she will rule in the coming months.