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'Forgot I Was Naked,' Says Miss. Man, 70, Who Flashed Girls

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By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on May 16, 2011 6:44 AM

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a naked old man! Herman Broadus, 70, was arrested in Mississippi on two counts of indecent exposure after he stood and waved, nude, to two young girls from his doorway.

Broadus has learned the hard way that carelessness can get you arrested.

"He claims he was headed to the shower, and got caught up in something on TV when he walked by it. He said he forgot he was naked, saw the girls and waved to them," said Sheriff Mike Byrd, reports The Mississippi Press.

So, what did Broadus' himself have to say about what happened?

In his own words, "that's my story, and I'm sticking to it," says Sheriff Byrd in The Mississippi Press.

The two girls, ages 8 and 10, are siblings. They were walking past Broadus' house when they witnessed the disrobed man, who waved to them and appeared to be holding something in his other hand. Officials were contacted by the girls' legal guardians.

If convicted, Broadus would face up to 12 months in jail and a fine of $1,000 for the indecent exposure charges.

In most states, indecent exposure laws make it a crime to flash your genitals to unsuspecting strangers. Most indecent exposure statutes are closely related to sexual assault statutes. If any touching was involved in the crime the indecent exposure would actually turn into a sexual assault.

So, try not to do any flashing. Keep your trench coat fully trenched. And, if you're going to take a shower - remember that you're naked.

Officials said that they are continuing to look into whether or not Herman Broadus made an innocent mistake, or if the charges of indecent exposure will stick after all.

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