Prosecutors in Barnegat, N.J., think so.
You can be arrested there and charged for public lewdness in the presence of security cameras, even if you’re the only living soul in sight.
According to an Asbury Park Press report, a 56-year-old woman was arrested for directing some unkind gestures toward an array of cameras on Lexington Boulevard.
Police in Barnegat charged Wendy Tucker with lewdness and took her to jail. The cops had found her parked car after hunting it down based on the March 6 surveillance footage. They declined to release a photo of the defendant.
What did Tucker do to be slapped with a lewdness charge?
She spotted the cameras, stopped her car in the middle of the street, got out, looked dead straight into one of the cameras and flicked it the dreaded double-fisted bird. She then pulled up her shirt, exposing her breasts to the whole array.
Judgment is one thing; individual powers are another. It’s difficult to be lewd when no one’s watching — unless the State has deemed its security cameras to be anthropomorphic little minions with Constitutionally guaranteed individual powers of their own.
Hopefully, there’s a defense attorney licking his chops to demolish this one.