October 20, 2009

Eric Williamson - Charged With Indecent Exposure After Woman Looks Into His Window, Sees Him Making Coffee In The Buff





Springfield, VA (The Weekly Vice) - Eric Williamson, a 29-year-old Springfield man was charged with indecent exposure Monday after a woman passing by his home looked into his house and saw him naked as he was fixing his morning coffee.

According to Fairfax County police, an unidentified woman and her seven-year-old son was passing by Williamson's home around 5:30 a.m., when she looked into the man's home and saw him naked the he was naked. Police then arrested the man on the belief he "wanted to be seen naked by the public" according to the arrest report.

Williamson, a commercial diver who rents the home with a few co-workers, admits to being naked, but says he was alone in the home at the time and that he never expected someone would be looking into his window.

“I am a loving dad. Any of my friends and anyone knows that and there is not a chance on this planet I would ever, ever, ever do anything like that to a kid," said Williamson.

Eric Williamson is being charged with misdemeanor indecent exposure. If convicted, he could face up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

The Weekly Vice Opinion:


We spend a lot of time covering cases that involve a lot of nutty people.... But this time it's the police department and prosecutor's office who have entirely lost their marbles.

Millions of Americans get up in the morning and make coffee before they get dressed for the day. I am humbled by the sheer stupidity of law enforcement, who have apparently taken it upon themselves to dictate how you should be dressed in your own home the moment you roll out of bed.

Had this been a male looking into a woman's window at 5:30 a.m., who do you suppose would end up in handcuffs?

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice
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43 comments:

CDXX said...

This is proof, AGAIN, that our justice system is corrupt, and it's all about money. They just want him to have to buy a lawyer. It's bullshit. When did it become illegal to walk around NATURAL in the privacy of your own home at 5:30(wish there was a caps lock to emphasize numbers) in the morning? F*ck, I was unclothed this morning when I got up and walked to the shower... I might get prison! I better leave the country...

Porky Domesticus said...

Look at it this way, at least it's good news for all the peeping toms, they can just have the victim charged, providing the victim is male of course.

the local said...

Something tells me the woman and her seven-year-old son looked in and they liked what they saw.

charleyinthebox said...

Why isn't the woman being charged for "peeping". I agree with you Danny if the genders were reversed this would be a very different story.

Laura T said...

One word... ridiculous. If the prosecutor's not an idiot, this whole mess will be dropped.

I bet when the cops came to the door he pissed them off or something, it's the only rational explanation.

Ida_Slapter said...

LADY:
"Yes Officer, that wicked man was exposing himself to me."

COP
"I don't see anything???"

LADY
"Well you have to stand on this chair to see him."

mrbowtie said...

Two words people… “BIG GOVERNMENT”. A man’s home is his castle. If you want to walk around your house buck ass naked it is your prerogative. Let me tell you boys and girls it is only going to get worse. It is already to the point in this country where you really don’t own anything. Sure you own the cloths on your back and the little things, but you don’t own your car or your property. You rent these things off of the government. If you don’t pay your rent what happens? You get booted out. Well you can pay 30 years on a house and “pay if off”. But it really isn’t yours; if you don’t pay your property tax (government rent) then they come, kick you out of “your” house and auction the place off. This story is just another example of how the government is slowly, but surely taking more and more of our rights and freedoms away from us. It is scary to think of what the future holds for us. I love this country; I was a Marine brat growing up. My Father was in Vietnam, my Uncle was in Korea and my Grandfather and three of his brothers fought in WWII. From the time this country was founded until now just look at the hundreds of thousands of Americans that sacrificed so much for our freedoms. Do you think this is what they had in mind? This country’s founding fathers are rolling over in their graves. Ok I will get off of my soap box now.

Richard said...

Holy crap.

Unless my children are home on holiday or something (like today) if I am off work I will normally sit around nekked, blogging and drinking coffee for half the day.

As long as they aren't harming anyone, what people do in the privacy of their own home is their concern.

PhantomX said...

If you look closely in the video, you can see that the woman was not even on a public sidewalk. She was crossing through his YARD.

I don't normally believe in lawsuits, but I think this man should sue.... not for the money.... but to teach the city prosecutor the value of restraint.

You can't just bust into someone's home and arrest them simply because you "THINK" he wants people to see him.

How the hell does the prosecutor intend on proving what someone THINKS?

Complete waste of tax dollars. Fire this prosecutor

JuggaletteSTL said...

Jesus?

JuggaletteSTL said...

Mr. Bowtie, well said. What a bitch this woman is! I would have just kept walking, maybe stopped to do a double take and chuckle to myself first, but I would have MOVED ON! Minded my own business. That's exactly what that woman should have done. The cops took it to far as well. They should have never pressed charges against this guy!

Oh and I bet that same woman did not hesitate to breast feed in public. I find that wrong and indecent! That is what a bathroom is for, and they make pumps so you don't have to breastfeed in public. It's a shame that this is allowed to happen but if you walk around naked in your own home at 5:00 in the morning you will be charged for indecent exposure!

Anonymous said...

OK - so, I've been reading this site (love it!) for awhile and never commented, and sorry to get off the subject, but JuggaletteSTL: really, breastfeeding a baby and walking around your house in the nude are the same thing??? And you also wish women would sit in the bathroom with someone shitting and pissing 5 feet away to feed their newborn child rather than offending your *delicate* senses by exposing part of a nipple ('cause most of it is in the baby's mouth)? I've seen more titty exposed on a Saturday night at the club than most breastfeeding mothers show.
That's all - carry on.

Ida_Slapter said...

Rebecca seems to have some training in psychology. Maybe she can explain this phenomenon to me.

It's strange that if a woman wears a blouse falls open a little bit when she bends over a man will stand on a piece of flaming wood to get a better look. But if a woman is breast feeding the man will run backwards screaming, Aih, yah, eek!".

PhantomX said...

I agree, breastfeeding is apples and orange in comparison to this...

There's a natural purpose to breastfeeding - and breastfeeding is, after all, the whole purpose of breasts to begin with.

And I also agree that this case should be thrown out.

As the lawyer said in the video... you have to be purposely exposing yourself to someone you know is there... and it's pretty obvious the guy didn't expect a woman to be cutting through his yard gawking in his windows that early in the morning.

She invaded his privacy while on his property.

JuggaletteSTL said...

I have felt strongly about the breast feeding subject for a long time. There are a lot of women who do expose too much (especially bigger women)and I just think it's inappropriate to do in public when you can easily use a pump and a bottle and avoid the whole fiasco. For many other reasons besides the fact that there are perves out there who get off on that image.

This man was in his own home. The woman had no right. She could have just looked the other way and kept walking. The same thing those of us who disagree with breast feeding in public are forced to do. Believe me, there are more out there who disagree with it besides me....

rid o' culus said...

April fools?

Can't believe this story!

I hope there is more to it than this Orwellian version (like his window is in plain view from the stairwell and he was warned before that he is exposing himself to outside traffic -- or something like this).

If this is indeed the whole story than we are taking big steps to completely vacate the word "freedom" from ANY meaning. If this is the whole story I hope he finds some legal help and sue the pants off the lady, the police department and the city.

BTW, you can highlight numbers as
5:30AM

or

5:30AM

or

5:30AM

Jupiter Gurl said...

This country inches closer to a police state every day. Granted, there are cases where people stand in front of their window and jack off.... and in those instances, an arrest should be made.

Simply walking downstairs to make coffee though?

I'd like to know the name of the prosecutor who approved these charges. He/she should be fired immediately.

Thrash_Metal! said...

Just another example of the criminalization of Americans and they're everyday mundane activities like the guy who got SWAT teamed and then convicted for importing legal Orchids because of some paperwork technicality. Everything is a crime now so you can be swept up into their system and you'll never get out. Excellent new movie out about this sort of thing called Fall of the Republic, google it. Hope this prosecutor gets his a$$ handed to him if this doesn't get dropped.

Darien said...

It IS all about money. The lawyers make the laws for the benefit of lawyers.
Just about any crime you are alleged to commit is subject to arrest. Then what? You have to pay, pay, pay mostly to a lawyer!
What's next, the THOUGHT police?
Its also pretty scary who is entrusted with life or death decisions daily, e.g. bonehead cops. The newspapers are full daily of cops gone bad, and this is a prime example of an out of control (in)justice system.
In this case, the cop should be fired for exteremely poor judgement. If the arresting cop could not have brushed this off as as a silly "crime", how can this person be trusted with a gun?
Heaven help us!

hrdcore said...

Guess I need to invest in more blinds. Been known to get midnight drink of juice. Sometimes I forget about closing all the blinds before I go to sleep

Ron said...

Dude makes his morning cup of Joe in commando in his own home, and some douchebag is peep tomming this guy WITH HER CHILD, and HE gets charged? What is the world coming to?

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the lady worked for Dick Cheney, Karl Rove or the Bush administration at one time....

Ida_Slapter said...

If I made a statement like that I would want to stay anonymous too. Obonzo wants big government you asshat.

Anonymous said...

Boy them are tough words there Ida. IDA? You should go anon with that name, you dweeb.

Laura T said...

Okay, Juggs I just want to address the breastfeeding issue real quick. I breastfed my daughter for nine months, in public and otherwise, once even during a funeral in a church. A light blanket always covered the the parts i didn't want people seeing.

How is this wrong??? I'm feeding and nurturing my child, developing a bond, and you think this should be performed in a stall on a toilet with someone one stall over pushing out a smelly load. Do you know how long it takes to breastfeed? I don't want to send twenty minutes in a public restroom, anddon't know anyone else who would.

Also, I have known many women (Myself included) who found pumps ineffective.

I know this is all off-topic but it just gets to me when people act like breastfeeding mothers are just women who should hide in corners or lock themselves in their homes until they've weaned their babies...

It can be done tastefully and should be done so. But, sometimes accidents happen, babies pull blankets down and breasts are, oops, seen. Big deal, they're just breasts.

Rebecca said...

Just to clarify...

"It IS all about money. The lawyers make the laws for the benefit of lawyers."

Lawyers don't "make" laws unless they are former lawyers who are now legislators. They're lawyers. They defend or they prosecute.

As for "they just want him to buy a lawyer" - attorneys provided by the court are pro bono, meaning they are not paid by the client for their services. Actually, they're given an abysmal salary by the government and assigned caseloads that are far too much for them to handle...which is why most court-appointed attorneys suck.

Most firms also require their lawyers to clock X amount of pro bono hours each billing cycle.

Attorneys that do not work for the court system (i.e. a private firm) are in no way compensated by the court. They bill their clients directly.

Ex-pat said...

I am an American who has lived in the UK for 18 years and over here you learn that you aren't supposed to look into people's windows as you pass (even when they are close to the street.) It's an invasion of their privacy. She should be the one arrested as a peeping tom (tomasina?) And she should be teaching her kid not to look. And what was she doing wandering around with a 7 year old at 5:30 am anyway? By the way I am a 53-year-old female and since my house does not face any others I do not have curtains and I regularly walk around with very little on. If people are offended as they drive/walk by that's their fault for looking!

Michelle said...

The local media here in Northern Virginia says the incident was at 8:40 and that he was standing naked in his carport. Please wait for the full account before condemning the parent or the cops.

Anonymous said...

Michelle, that's not true. I live here and everyone has clearly stated thus far that the man was inside his house.

I find it very interesting to learn the story is changing now that public outrage is rising to challenge this arrest.

I smell corruption at work.

JuggaletteSTL said...

Ok, obviously the breastfeeding topic touched a few nerves, and it really didn't have much to do with this story, so I am sorry for bringing it up. I didn't realize it was such a raw topic.....

Come to St. Louis though, and you will find that the women around here are not so discrete about it. They don't even wear the right clothing half the time and they just let it all hang out. I guess it's not as bad elsewhere....

JuggaletteSTL said...

Oh and to Michelle, get your facts straight before you come on here and look like an idiot. This story is nationwide and I doubt everyone has reported it wrong except fot this mysterious source you have. Lol.....

Alan said...

The woman had entered his yard to see him!
She should definitely be charged as a peeping tomasina.

Anonymous said...

Wow just wow!! @ how screwed up this country's laws are.....this man was minding his business, making himself some coffee...I walk around my house naked....so what....its not like dude was outside saying "hey look at me" I'm pretty sure if they use their common judgement...they would come to a practical conclusion that at the time of day it was which was early in the morning and the sun not being out...that this guy did not expect anyone to be creeping through his yard...lets use common sense...the woman had no business trespassing his yard...it sounds like she could be a stalker perhaps...and just using the kid as a cover up...just to see the man...I mean there are so many conclusions that could be drawn from this situation...regardless of what she says....this man has every right to walk around his house butt naked if he wants...and even if he did flash the woman...she had no business in his yard in the first place

Darien said...

OK, splitting hairs!
There are 535 Representatives and 1Senators in Congress. According to C-Span, the 109th Congress included 228 members who hold law degrees and 217 members whose former occupation was in law. With the exception of former state legislators, lawyers were the dominant professional group.
Like I said, lawyers (in gov't) enact laws for the benefit of lawyers! Many of congressmen or even state legislators who are attorneys will continue to work as attorneys or in some other legal function once out of office.
Simple, eh?
As for pro-bono, I never knew anyone, including myself, who used a pro-bono lawyer to handle a legal matter. Pro-bono is for the veery poor or indigents and one cannot expect great legal help from these guys.

rob-t-firefly said...

Darien: Pro-bono is also for activist lawyers who think they can get hold of a high-profile case and get something done. If it works out in your favor, that sort of thing can accomplish a lot, and it also looks great on your lawyer resume and gets you into the lawyer textbooks.

Anonymous said...

My advice to all of you is do your freaking research before jumping to conclusions!
SPRINGFIELD, Va. - The woman who reported to police that a man in a Springfield home exposed himself to her and her son has a different story than what Eric Williamson has told to local media.
The woman told police it was 8:40 a.m. when she was walking her son to school along a path between houses. She said they first spotted Williamson naked in an open door in the car port of his home.

She also told police that Williamson then walked across the house to a large window, facing the way she was walking.

Also, since it's a misdemeanor offense the victim gets the warrant for the suspect. The cop only does their JOB and serves the paperwork. Aughhhh you idiots are so frustrating. Just do the job you were trained for and stop making ASSUMPTIONS how to do a police officer's job!

Jen said...

I am totally amazed that he would be arrested for what trespassers saw. The news report stated that these people were cutting through his yard. My husband's parents live in the county on thirty acres of land and don't own a single set of curtains. If someone goes, for example, illegally hunting on their land and sees them walk by a window without clothes are they suddenly perverts? HA! How in the world is this man culpable for what someone had to see because of their own illegal actions (trespassing).

I am not saying that cutting through his yard was so terrible, just that if you do something like that, then you are responsible for yourself. The property owner isn't responsible whether you twist your ankle or see his junk.

As for the commented that stated that local NoVA news is reporting it differently - wow. Maybe you are confused because the clip that is posted on this website is from the local Fox station. I lived in Fairfax County for ten years, I know what the local news looks like.

I have to wonder what ever happened to this case. Fairfax County police are incompetent slugs. When I moved from Fairfax County a few years back, I was nothing short of amazed that police, in general, are caring, hardworking honest people who want to help. In Fairfax County, they want to cover their butts as much as possible and that's all they are really concerned about.

I think it is about time that Fairfax County's police force be known nationally for what they are known for locally - being incompetent and corrupt.

Bad Karma said...

Well said, Jen

Heather said...

Okay, to put in for the 'new' story about the woman walking her child to school at 8:30-8:40. Why the hell is she WALKING her child to school when school starts at 8:30? Why is her name never revealed, but it is said 'she is a respected member of the community...and just so happens to be the wife of a Fairfax cop'. She probably got her knickers in a twist when she saw the impressive size of the guy, her husband heard her in the shower, and got some cop buddies to arrest him. I only assume since one of the cops, who all came into his bedroom around 11, called him a pervert.

Mike said...

Any new news on this? Playgirl should do an interview with this guy and show us what the trespassing mom saw through his window ;-)

Anonymous said...

I wonder how many people got raped, murdered, violated, and victimized while the police were at his house.

ZachB said...

Well he was aquitted of all charges yesterday. He was actually convicted in December. He wasn't sentenced to any jail time or fines, but still appealed the decision and this time they ruled in his favor. Probably cost him a lot in lawyer fees just to clear his own name. This whole case was ridiculous in the first place.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/04/07/va-man-acquitted-flashing-passers-home/

massivemarbles said...

ok, so what's being said is if I'm in MY home and some idiot walks past and looks into MY home, I should be covered up at all times? So if I'm making love to my wife, and its a hot night and peeping tom stops at our window long enough to see us, this is indecent exposure while this person is trespassing on MY property???

This guy needs better representation!

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