Obscene Exposure – Not Guilty | Sex Crime Case Studies

This is a case study on a charge of Obscene Exposure with a Not Guilty verdict.

What is alleged to have occured?
An off-duty police officer alleged that she had observed our client exposing and fondling his penis. It was late at night and the officer was walking to her car following an attendance at a social gathering in Melbourne. The client was then charged with Obscene Exposure.

Our client denied the allegations and defended the matter by asserting that the officer was mistaken and that he had, in fact, been texting on his mobile phone.

What happened at court?
Sophie Parsons acted on the client’s behalf at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

The Magistrate found that there were clear discrepancies between the off-duty police officer’s versions of events and the CCTV footage. In contrast, the magistrate found that the CCTV footage corroborated our client’s version of events. The character evidence provided in support of the client was also useful and certainly added to the reliability of our client’s testimony.

What was the result?
All the charges eventually got dismissed and our client was found not guilty of Obscene Exposure. The magistrate also ordered that the police pay the costs of our client’s criminal defence.

Sophie ParsonsSophie Parsons

Sophie is based in the firm’s Melbourne office and is one of the firm’s in-house counsel and trial specialists. As a trial lawyer, Sophie’s expertise lies in examining witnesses, making legal submissions before judges and magistrates, and addressing juries.

Sophie is an advocate who regularly appears at the Magistrates’ and County Courts of Victoria. She handles appeals, contested committal hearings, bail applications, as well as pleas of guilty.

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DISCLAIMER: This is a real case study of an actual case from our files. Details pertaining to the client have been changed to protect their privacy. The sentence imposed and the charge have not been altered. These case studies are published to demonstrate real outcomes and give an indication of possible tariffs in Court. We do not guarantee a similar case on these charges will get the same result. Please note that we post results at our discretion, therefore while many case studies are average results, others are notable for their exceptional outcomes. PUBLISHED 01/03/2017