Erick Williamson, the Springfield, Virginia man arrested earlier this year for being naked in his own home was convicted of indecent exposure on Friday. The judge sentenced him to 180 days in jail, but suspended the sentence.
I’m still not sure how the conviction holds up, given that the two alleged witnesses had to actually look into Williamson’s house to see Little Erick and the Williamson Twins. So you now have to make sure no one can see into your home in order to be naked in it? How vigilant must you be?
While Balko doesn't give a lot of credit to the stories of the witnesses, under any version of the facts, this hardly seems like a person that should be subject to the federal and state restrictions on sex offenders. However, while the judge in the case couldn't have excused the defendant from registration obligations, he exhibited the sex offender hysteria that would have made it unlikely that he would have done so if given the option:
Williamson denied standing naked in his doorway or front window and said he had no intent to expose himself to anyone. But [Judge] O’Flaherty wasn’t buying it and likened Williamson to bank robber John Dillinger, who also “thought he was doing nothing wrong when he walked into banks and shot them up.”
That's right - the defendant was like John Dillinger.