Woman arrested and taken to court – for going topless in her own home

A woman has been arrested for going topless in her own garage.

Tilli Buchanan and her husband were fitting new insulation in their garage. It was hot and itchy work, she says, so they stripped down to their underwear.

Shortly afterwards Tilli’s step-kids – her husband’s children – came into the garage and saw her without her shirt on.

She told them that there was no need to be embarrassed, because, after all, their dad was shirtless.

But the story got back to the children’s mother, and saying that she was “alarmed” at what she heard she made a complaint that has ended up with Tilli in court. The prosecution’s case slightly differs from Tilli’s account.

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According to West Valley City Deputy Attorney Corey Sherwin, Tilli stripped down in front of her stepchildren after announcing that if her husband was allowed to take off his shirt, then a woman should be able to as well.

The prosecution case continues that Tilli, while “under the influence of alcohol,” had told her husband that she would only put her shirt back on if he showed her his penis.

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The charges are serious: three counts of lewdness involving a child, which is a class A misdemeanour that could not only land her in jail but also place her on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

Utah state law covering lewdness involving a child says that no woman should expose their breast “below the top of the areola,” either in public or “in a private place under circumstances the person should know will likely cause affront or alarm or with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of the actor or the child.”

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Randy Richards, Tilli’s attorney, challenges the law, calling it sexist: “Because Tilli Buchanan is a woman — and only because she is a woman — the state now seeks to condemn her as a child sex offender for engaging in the exact same non-sexual conduct as her lawfully faultless husband.

“Tilli Buchanan is being singled out for prosecution solely on the basis of sex.”

The case will be heard on November 19.

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