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By Dustin Phillips on
February 1, 2013
February 5, 2020

n his song, "The Big Nail," rocker Sammy Hagar sings, "Southern man gotta have some fun." But the fun a couple of fans had in mind might not be exactly what Sammy meant. Late on the evening of January 21, police responded to the TA Truck Stop on South Morgan Road after receiving reports of a naked couple posing for pictures in front of tractor-trailers in the back lot of the truck stop. When they arrived, they discovered that a security guard had in custody Marcia Gilbert, 60, and Jerry McNally, 56. The security guard told police that he saw both the man and woman completely naked in McNally's vehicle. Gilbert told police that they had just come from the Sammy Hagar concert at the Lucky Star Casino in Concho. She apologized, saying that she and McNally "were just having a little sexual fun." Unfortunately for the pair, their fun quickly ended when police arrested them on a complaint of public indecency. The pair has also been banned from the premises of the TA Truck Stop. When it comes to being naked in public in Oklahoma, there are two offenses with which a person might be charged. The lesser offense, public indecency, is a misdemeanor defined by Section 22 of the Oklahoma criminal code: "Every person who willfully and wrongfully commits any act which grossly injures the person or property of another, or which grossly disturbs the public peace or health, or which openly outrages public decency, including but not limited to urination in a public place, and is injurious to public morals, although no punishment is expressly prescribed therefor by this code, is guilty of a misdemeanor." As a misdemeanor, public indecency is punishable by up to one year in jail. Indecent exposure, on the other hand, is a felony sex crime. The penalty for indecent exposure may include up to 10 years in prison, fine of up to $20,000, and lifetime registration as an Oklahoma Sex Offender. For a crime as simple as flashing one's genitalia, the consequences can be severe, as one Arkansas man may soon discover. Aaron Joseph Farris of Fayettville was arrested last weekend near a cheerleading competition in Oklahoma City. Several parents complained of a man acting "creepy," but police became involved when an employee of the hotel where several competitors were staying reported that a man exposed his genitals to her in a hallway. Farris told police that he was in town with his girlfriend and her daughter for the cheerleading competition. His girlfriend said that Farris had previously been arrested for exposing himself, but she did not know the details of the arrest. If you have been accused of public indecency or indecent exposure, finding a qualified attorney is the first step for effective defense. Fill out the online form  to consult with an indecent exposure lawyer in Oklahoma.


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