A 27-year-old woman was putting her child in her car in the Valencia Town Center parking lot outside of Macy’s when a man in a white Chrysler minivan exposed himself to her. The victim quickly took out her phone and attempted to take a picture of the suspect, but he drove off too quickly.
According to a description provided by the victim, the man was white, had brown hair and glasses, and was wearing a striped polo shirt. The license plates on the white Chrysler minivan were out of state.
In California, indecent exposure, or §314 PC is a crime which can be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the circumstances of the crime. It’s a crime in which the person exposes themselves for sexual gratification or to offend another person.
Most of the time, when felony level charges are filed, it is because the suspect entered a building, home, or business without permission and exposed him or herself. In the case above, the incident took place in a parking lot, so it is likely that when the suspect is caught, he will face misdemeanor charges.
Regardless, anyone convicted of indecent exposure faces the penalty of obligatory registration as a sex offender for the rest of their life. A harsh penalty, some say, but one that is designed to keep the public protected.