The truTV network show “Over the Limit” follows police officers as they confront individuals who are either intoxicated, in possession of narcotics, acting out of control, disturbing public peace, and/or breaking the law.

In episode #206 that aired on Sunday, October 10th, police in the city of Savannah, Georgia respond to a call reporting that a man is naked in public. The neighbors of a man named Willie call police after witnessing him running around his backyard completely nude. When police arrive at the man’s house, he is standing behind an air-conditioning unit in his backyard claiming that he was not naked. It is clear in the footage from the episode that this man is not wearing any clothes and is indeed completely naked from head to toe. Due to this ridiculous denial, the police begin to suspect that Willie is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Willie denies being under the influence and continues to claim that he is not naked. As this is occurring, Willie’s nephew, who also lives at the residence with Willie, enters the backyard. The police inform the nephew about his uncle’s behavior. The nephew then admits to the police that the man is “his crazy uncle Willie” and that he does odd things like this all the time. The police and the nephew join forces at this point to convince Willie to put on some clothes. Willie agrees and grabs clothes that are hanging up in the backyard. The police notice that Willie is putting on the jacket and pants of a black formal tuxedo. Willie explains that this is his “super-fly suit” and then begins to tap dance around the backyard wearing the suit. Due to the hilarity of this situation and to Willie’s jovial demeanor, the police only issue him a warning and leave without writing him up for any violations.

Although this video clip on “Over the Limit” is humorous due to the ridiculous behavior of this crazy naked man, it is illegal in the State of Georgia to be naked in public and this man could have been arrested. In the Official Code of Georgia, Title 16-6-8 governs the law of public indecency. Under this statute, “a person commits the offense of public indecency when he or she performs any of the following acts in a public place: 1. An act of sexual intercourse; 2. A lewd exposure of the sexual organs; 3. A lewd appearance in a state of partial or complete nudity; or 4. A lewd caress or indecent fondling of the body of another person.” A person convicted of violating this law for the first time will be punished for a misdemeanor. However, upon subsequent convictions for public indecency, a person will be guilty of a felony and sentenced to serve between 1 and 5 years in prison.

Willie could have been convicted for violating Georgia’s public indecency law because he appeared in a state of partial or complete nudity in a place that the public could see him. Willie could argue that he has a right to be nude on his own private property. However, the neighbors could  see him running around his backyard naked and that behavior would be considered a “lewd appearance” in a public place. If Willie had been arrested, Willie’s lawyer could argue that he should not be convicted due to mental incapacity. In order to prove this Willie would have to get medical and psychological evaluations that support this contention. If these evaluations show he is not of sound mind, the lawyer could submit it as evidence that he should not be held responsible for his actions. If Willie wants to continue to parade around in the nude, it is advisable for him to do so within the privacy of his home and not outside for others to see.

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