If a man's home is his castle, shouldn't he be free to roam around bare-ass naked all day if he wants to, as long as he stays in the house and doesn't answer the door or mow the lawn in his birthday suit?
Maybe not in Virgina. The state is buzzing over the "Virginia Naked Trial
" and "Home Alone Nudist," with residents debating whether a 29-year-old Fairfax County man
was truly guilty of indecent exposure or given a bad rap by a judge. The trouble began when Erick Williamson, a commercial diver from Hawaii, got up to make coffee last October 24 in the Springfield, Va., home he was renting. He says his four roommates had left the house and he was alone, so he ran downstairs in the buff and started the java. Coffee, schmoffee: Joyce Giuliani, a school librarian driving to work, says she heard loud singing and saw Williamson standing bare-assed naked in his house behind a large picture window.
Later that morning, a mother was walking her seven year old son to school along a trail near Williamson's home. She claims she and her son saw Williamson standing in a side doorway of his home, near the carport, full frontal naked. And he made eye contact with her, though he made no gestures, nor talked to her or her son.
Other reports quote one of Williamson's housemates claiming that when he woke up at 5 a.m. on October 24, he found Williamson walking around the house buck naked wearing nothing but a hard hat. Williamson is denying he had any convo with his roomie at that ungodly hour.
Fairfax County prosecutors said Williamson wanted to draw attention to himself, and pressed charges. Guilty, said District Judge Ian M O'Flaherty, of indecent exposure. Since Williamson has no previous record, the Judge slapped on a suspended sentence so Williamson won't experience jail time, where his freedom to run naked would have been severely curbed. Williamson is appealing and claims he's the victim of a double standard: a woman was looking inside his
home. Had he been the one outside looking into her window --"I think we'd be having a whole different conversation," says Williamson.
Unfortunately, the conviction has made life rather rotten for Williamson, father of a 5-year-old little girl. He claims he has lost his job as a commercial diver, suffered fines and court costs, and the humiliation of being compared to bank robber John Dillinger.
Apparently, in response to Williamson's defense that he had no intent to expose himself to anyone, Judge O'Flaherty said that John Dillinger thought he was doing nothing wrong when he walked into banks and shot people up. But Williamson was in his own home, not a public bank, and now many people are wondering, if you can't run naked in your own home, is there any place left where you can?