Is it illegal for a tenant to expose one’s buttocks toa landlord’s surveillance camera?

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Is it illegal for a tenant to expose one’s buttocks toa landlord’s surveillance camera?

It would appear that the tenants goal was to cause offense to the landlord. Does it matter that it was only witnessed after the fact, when the video was played back and not done directly to somebody in person.

Asked on July 25, 2011 California

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Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Depending upon the criminal laws of the State of California, purposeful exposure of one's buttock's on a landlord's surveillance camera could be crime, for example indecent exposure depending upon the degree and amount of what was seen on the surveillance camera.

At best, the tenant's exposure of his buttocks on the surveillance camaera was in poor taste. A civil action for the conduct only seen on video camera would not seem to be worthwhile legally.

Whether law enforcement would be willing to file charges against the person who made the display seems unlikely in that there was no significant crime committed. The costs for such prosecution, even if considered, would not be warranted under this California's budgetary crisis.

Good question.

 


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