Man Arrested for Indecent Exposure at Columbia Mall

Burtonsville Man Arrested for Indecent Exposure

On Wednesday, February 12, 2013, Steven Michael Lerer, 49, of Burtonsville, was arrested after a member of the Mall in Columbia’s staff observed him fondling his exposed genitals, The Baltimore Sun reported.

The Sun quoted Howard County Police as stating that Lerer was spotted about 9:30 p.m. near the food court with a jacket covering his genital area. As he turned, the mall staff member noticed he was touching himself. Police said the staff member alerted security, who detained Lerer until police arrived.

Indecent Exposure Laws and Indecent Exposure Definition

What is indecent exposure? Indecent exposure is defined as the deliberate exposure in public or in view of the general public by a person of a portion or portions of his or her body. It includes exposure of the genitalia, breasts, and buttocks.

Indecent Exposure Penalty in Maryland

In Maryland, indecent exposure is a misdemeanor. The indecent exposure penalty is imprisonment not exceeding 3 years or a fine not exceeding $1,000 or both.

Arrested for Indecent Exposure?

The public mistakenly believes that people who may have committed indecent exposure are violent criminals, or rapists. Often, this is mistaken. Many people who are guilty of indecent exposure have no prior criminal record, may be married with children, and are not violent or dangerous. There may be life stresses that overwhelm them, and they simply are crying for help. They may need help, not punishment.

Indecent Exposure Defense Lawyer

If you or a loved one is arrested for indecent exposure, you need an experienced criminal lawyer to fight for you.

Jonathan Scott Smith is a former prosecutor and criminal lawyer with extensive trial experience — and his track record of successful  results, including indecent exposure cases, has earned him the recognition of his peers and clients:

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  • 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.

These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

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